India Tour with Himalayas & Backwaters: 30 Days

Begin your journey in the bustling metropolis Delhi ,a city with a fascinating confluence of the old and the new. Visit the many historical sights the city has to offer from the Red stone wonder Red Fort to the highest sandstone tower Qutub Minar and the exquisitely carved divine abode-Akshardham temple.

A flight to Bagdogra and a fun toy train ride through the mountains takes you to the quaint scene hill station- Darjeeling, covered with pine trees and lush green tea gardens ,it is well- known for its youthful vibe, colonial charm and of course the world famous Darjeeling tea. Be sure to watch the sunrise at Tiger Hill, a divine and breathtaking sight that cannot be substituted.

Arrive at Varanasi – the city of spiritualism and divine grace. Take a morning cruise on the river Ganges, explore the narrow and crowded streets seeped in history and enjoy the evening perfectly synchronized ritualistic AARTI at the banks.

From here travel to Agra, home of the impressive Taj Mahal and Continue onto Royal Rajasthan to witness ,a kaleidoscope of colors, sights and sounds. Enjoy an elephant ascent to Amber fort, a visit to the “Palace of Winds”-Hawa Mahal and meander through colorful bustling bazaars to explore shopping options in Jaipur. Relax in the comforts of the luxurious Oberoi Rajvilas before proceeding to Udaipur- a land of palatial palaces, formidable forts and the shimmering azure Lake Pichola.

Explore the modern, buzzing and multi ethnic city Mumbai. Visit the prominent highlights of the city with a tour of the Elephanta caves and head to the beautiful and serene Southern state of Kerala .Cruise on a traditional houseboat midst a beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with while lilies.

Your sojourn now brings you to the tranquil Ananda spa retreat located in the tranquil Himalayan foothills, close to the mythological cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh, surrounded by graceful Sal forests, overlooking the peaceful Ganga as it meanders into the distance. Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul connection before you head home with indelible memories.



Day 01 : Delhi Arrival

A Compass India Holiday representative will receive you at the airport and help you transfer to the hotel.

Delhi, India's capital has seen great empires rise and fall around it for millennia, with each new batch of rulers building over the works of their predecessors. As a result, the city abounds in monuments and ruins of stunning diversity. The seat of the world's largest democracy, it also boasts of magnificent symbols of government that pay architectural tribute to the ideals of self-rule and democracy. These co-exist side by side with wide multi-lane motorways, shopping malls, fast cars and ultramodern steel-glass office complexes that characterize any large 21st century metropolis.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

Day 02 : Sightseeing in Delhi :

After breakfast at the hotel, we shall embark on a full day’s sightseeing.

The tour begins in Old Delhi with Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. The shrine is a simple black stone structure with an eternal flame burning at one end, a fitting tribute to a humble man who changed the world with nothing but the power of ideas.

Red Fort: The imposing red sandstone structure was commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1639, and remained seat of the empire for the next two centuries. Today, the Prime Minister of the India delivers his Independence Day speech to the nation from its ramparts. A rickshaw ride takes us to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques. We shall view this magnificent structure from outside, its lofty domes and minarets reminiscent of a scene from the Arabian Nights.

Next, you will be driven to New Delhi, built by the British in the 1930s as their imperial capital. Majestic government and administrative offices line its wide, tree-lined avenues. Named after Sir Edwin Lutyens who was commissioned to design the city in 1911, this part of the city is also known as Lutyen’s Delhi and is a striking contrast to the old city.

The red sandstone arch of India Gate, memorial to Indian and British soldiers who laid down their lives in World War I, leads us to the Parliament House, the magnificent seat of the world’s largest democracy. We shall also see Rastrapathi Bhawan, the Indian President’s official residence. Inside is the famed Mughal Gardens with its resplendent fountains and manicured lawns. In spring, it opens its doors to the public.

The day’s tour ends at the Qutub Minar. Built in 1193 by Qutubuddin Aibak, a slave general, it is the tallest stone tower in India and marks the site of the country’s first Muslim kingdom. The iron tower in a square opposite is unique in that it never rusts, although it has been exposed to the elements for centuries.

If time permits, we shall visit the lotus-shaped Bahai temple south of Delhi. An ideal place for meditation, this Bahai House of worship is open to people of all religion. In evening, enjoy Blessedness of the Sufis – This experience takes you to a little mohalla (neighborhood) in Delhi called Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin. Here you will be introduced to Sufism, a mystical version of Islam, and its teachings of Ishq (love), Aql (intelligence) and Ilm (knowledge). You will walk the ancient crowded alleys to explore monuments and sites associated with famous Sufi saints including Nizamuddin Aulia, Amir Khusrau and Mirza Ghalib. Finally you will enjoy Sufi music concert called a qawwali.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

Day 03 : Delhi

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Day tour will begin with a visit to Akshardham temple.

Akshardham means the eternal, divine abode of the supreme God, the abode of eternal values and virtues of Akshar as defined in the Vedas and Upanishads where divine bhakti, purity and peace forever pervades. Swami Narayan Akshardham in New Delhi epitomizes 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. This amazing structure comprises of 20,000 statues, floral motifs and exquisitive carved pillars made of stones, one will get to experience the ultimate temple culture.

In evening visit Delhi Haat – Situated in the heart of Delhi, the unique Dilli Haat is an upgraded version of the traditional weekly market, offering a delightful amalgam of craft, food and cultural activities. A wide variety of skillfully crafted handicrafts, intrinsic to each part of the country are available in this exotic bazaar. These range from intricate rosewood and sandalwood carvings, embellished camel hide footwear, to sophisticated fabric and drapery. Gems, beads, brassware, metal crafts, silk and woolens....the range is limitless.

Overnight will be at Delhi.

Day 04 : Delhi - Bagdogra by flight | Bagdogra - Darjeeling by road 65 km in 1.5 hr

After breakfast, proceed to board the flight to Bagdogra. Reach Bagdogra and proceed to Darjeeling by toy train which is an experience in itself. Years ago the mountain spurs, on the slopes of which the hill station of Darjeeling now stands, formed a part of the independent kingdom of Sikkim and was covered with dense forest. The town of Darjeeling alone now has thousands of people belonging to different creeds and races, but there were not more than two hundred inhabitants when the East India Company, which then controlled British interests in India, first came into contact with it.

When India became independent, Darjeeling remained a part of West Bengal. From 1986, a powerful agitation began in the Darjeeling hills seeking an independent state in the Indian Union. The agitation ended with the establishment of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council under the Chairmanship of Mr. Subash Ghissing and has been given considerable autonomy in administrative matters.

Darjeeling, which is internationally acclaimed as one of the best hill stations in the world, is covered with pine trees, rhododendrons, magnolias, primulas and orchids. With houses hugging the hill side are various places to visit, which are of great interest.

Darjeeling, which is internationally acclaimed as one of the best hill stations in the world, is covered with pine trees, rhododendrons, magnolias, primulas and orchids. With houses hugging the hill side are various places to visit, which are of great interest.

Overnight will be at Darjeeling.

Day 05 : Darjeeling

After breakfast, proceed for the city sightseeing of Darjeeling.

Chowrastha: Chowrastha is the heart of the town where every visitor is seen taking a stroll and relaxing their weary heads. In the local dialect, Chowrastha means the place where four roads meet. While proceedings towards Chowrastha or the Mall, visitors have to ascend a hill full of curios, studios etc, and suddenly the visitor finds himself on a huge flat platform surrounded by benches for people to sit. The view is exhilarating with the view of the Kanchenjunga standing with all its might. A walk along the Mall Road opens a beautiful view of the surrounding hills and if the time is right then rhododendrons can be seen all around.

Observatory Hill: The Hill feature above Chowrastha and a few minutes walk from the Mall Road, on which the Sacred Mahakal temple rests. Mahakal is considered as the incarnation of Lord Shiva. Adjacent to Mahakal temple is a Buddhist Shrine, manifesting the complete harmony that exists between Hinduism and Buddhism.

Love Road or Lover's Road: This road has always been hidden from the eyes of the tourists and is one of the most beautiful roads especially meant for the lovers. Why do lovers go to Love Road to spend some time? Well, it's very simple, the view from this particular road is just mind-blowing and there are fewer amounts of houses, just nature. It's worth a visit. To reach this Love Road, one can descend from Mall Road or reach via Singamari.

Evening will be free for you to relax.

Overnight will be in Darjeeling.

Day 06 : Darjeeling

After breakfast, proceed for the city sightseeing of Darjeeling.

Tibetan Refugees Self-Help Centre: The Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Centre was started on October 1, 1959. At that time, following the dramatic escape of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, thousands of Tibetans leaving hearth and home, fled into the neighboring countries to live as free human beings. "It is no exaggeration, in fact, to say that without self-help there can be no rehabilitation, be it economic, social, psychological, cultural or spiritual. Therefore, a ten-member committee was formed in Darjeeling to organize a rehabilitation centre to be known as "Tibetan Refugees Self-Help Center".

Tiger Hill: The trip to the summit of the hill is through Ghoom, the highest railway station on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The elevation of Ghoom is 7,407 feet from sea level, while the altitude of the top of this hill exceeds that of Ghoom by 1,100 feet. In the fast receding glimmer of the night, the spectator finds himself standing on the mound bedewed with sparkling frost, plunged in hush and silence and steeped in frigid cold. A traveller, whose vision has not been entertained with the two sights, the Taj Mahal by moonlight and sunrise from Tiger Hill, has missed a pleasure that does not lend itself to be substituted.

Batasia loop: The world famous heritage toy train (DHR) winds its way through one out of the three loops en route to Siliguri from Darjeeling at Batasia, which is very near to Ghoom railway station. Ghoom railway station is the highest railway station to be reached by a steam locomotive. This loop is perfect masterpiece of railway engineering. At the center of the loop a war memorial stands which reminds us of the Gorkha martyrs, who laid their lives protecting the sovereignty of our motherland. More info on the DHR...

Happy valley tea garden: Apart from tourism, Tea is the biggest industrial activity, offering the largest employment in the hills. The turnover of the Darjeeling tea industry is nearly 7.5 million USD, which is more than the money generated by tourism in the Darjeeling hills. Happy Valley Tea Garden located approximately 1 km from Darjeeling town offers the tourists an opportunity to experience the manufacturing process of the Darjeeling Tea.

Evening will be free for you to relax.

Overnight will be in Darjeeling.

Day 07 : Darjeeling - Bagdogra by road 65 km in 1.5 hr | Bagdogra - Delhi by flight

After breakfast, proceed to board the flight to Delhi.

Reach Delhi and you will be transferred to the hotel.

Relax in the evening or you can visit the local markets for shopping.

Overnight will be in Delhi.

Day 08 : Delhi - Varanasi by flight

Breakfast will be the hotel.

As per the flight timing you will be transferred to airport to board the flight for Varanasi. Upon arrival at Varanasi, you will be met and transferred to hotel.

Visit Sarnath – 5 miles out of Varanasi: The great Buddha enhanced the sanctity of Varanasi by choosing the environs of the city to preach his first sermon at Sarnath, (only 10 Kms away) after attaining enlightenment. Later, Ashoka, the great Mauryan Emperor erected magnificent stupas and other buildings along with his mighty stone pillar, Dharmarajika Stupa. The 110 ft. tall Damekh Stupa marks the place where Buddha preached first sermon. Sarnath has been a premier centre for Buddhism. It is a rich collection of ancient Buddhist relics and antiques comprising numerous Buddha and Bodhisatva images on display at the Archaeological Museum (1000 hrs to 1700 hrs. Open all days except Friday).

In the evening, witness Aarti at the ghats of Varanasi. The chants of religious hymns by priests, the sound of conch shells, bells, gongs, the smell of camphor and incense sticks will mesmerize you as you sit by the dark waters of the ancient river. Your guide will be at hand to explain the proceedings and the significance of the Vedic hymns recited by the priests.

Overnight will be spent at Varanasi.

Day 09 : Varanasi

Drive to Daswamedh Ghat early in the morning and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges to see the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world's oldest and most important religions. (To start at 0500 hrs. for the best lifetime experience) For you to appreciate this remarkable city, we’ll transfer you to the banks of the River Ganges before the sun rises. Board a boat with your guide and proceed to the middle of the river, where at sunrise the sight unfolds before you. Thousands of faithful come daily to the banks to bathe and pray while in the background, temples and palaces rise in tiers from the water’s edge. Return for a walk through the cobblestone streets along the banks of "Ganga".

Experience the rituals of death ceremony.

As shops are opening, the place now becomes a beehive of activity as the faithful are coming and going.

Return for breakfast to the hotel.

Walk through a colorful fabric and Saree market. Enjoy a cycle-rickshaw ride through the main market thoroughfare of the city to reach Chowk.

From Chowk, we walk again, covering the following:

• The wedding market (Kinari Bazaar)
• Kachori Galli (lane of kachoris, these are deep-fried snacks very popular in Varanasi)
• Khoa Galli (this lane sells milk products including paneer and condensed, sweetened milk)
• Vishwanath Galli (the most famous of all lanes in Varanasi)

Visit Benaras Hindu University campus which is spread over 4000 acres, it is considered to be among the biggest residential universities in Asia. The University Campus houses an Art Gallery and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

Visit textile village covering the artisan, his set up and his house and daily activity.

Overnight will be in Varanasi.

Day 10 : Varanasi - Agra by flight

After breakfast, relax in the hotel.

Later, as per the timings, you will be transferred to the airport to board the flight to Agra.

Reach and you will be transferred to the hotel.

AGRA: Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shahjehan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire - giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously. A walk down the narrow bustling streets of the city will introduce the visitor to the wafting aroma of Mughlai cuisine.

Evening will be free for you to enjoy a spa treatment in the hotel, overlooking the Taj.

Overnight will be in Agra.

Day 11 : Agra

Proceed for SUNRISE visit of the monument of love – TAJ MAHAL.

TAJ MAHAL – Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder, which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.

Return to the hotel for a leisurely breakfast.

Proceed for day sightseeing of Agra.

SIKANDRA – This beautifully maintained monument is where EMPEROR AKBAR was buried. It is a very low profile monument but it has one of the most awe – inspiring tombs. It is surreal how one of the greatest emperors has been put to rest. The manicured lawns has spotted and other varieties of deer roaming in them. Named after the Afghan ruler Sikander Lodi, Sikandra is the final resting place of Emperor Akbar. The Emperor began the construction of his own garden mausoleum during his lifetime. However, his son Jahangir completed the construction in 1613. An impressive marble - inlaid gateway leads to the spacious four - tiered monument, which is crowned, by a white marble cenotaph and screen. What is interesting is that the structure imbibes the best of Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Jain motifs, signifying the new religion started by Akbar – the DEEN E ILAHI.

AGRA FORT – The red sandstone structure is surrounded by chahar-bagh, a foursquare formal garden. Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. It lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.

After Agra Fort we will visit BABY TAJ or the ITMAD-UD-ULLAH – The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj. It is one of the most beautiful Mughal tombs and was built by Nur Jahan, the Empress of Jahangir for her father in 1628. The tomb is a resting place of the powerful personality in Mughal Court, Itmad-Ud-Daulah, whose life is very interesting. Formerly a very poor Persian merchant then named Mirza Ghiyas or Ghiyas Beg, he became a minister and a trusted treasure in Akbar's court. After Akbar's death in 1605, his son Jahangir rose into power. Jahangir made Ghiyas Beg his chief minister and honored him with the title of Itmad-Ud-Daulah, the Pillar of State. Later, Jahangir met a beautiful daughter of Ghiyas Beg named Mehr-Un-Nissa and married her. Mehr-Un-Nissa soon played a significant role in the Jahangir's court and was called Nur Mahal, the light of the Palace. Owing to her influence, her father and brother were granted with privileges in the court. When Ghiyas beg (Itmad-Un-Daulah) dies in 1622, Nur Mahal decided to build a mausoleum for him. Queen Mumtaz Mahal or the lady of the Taj was also from this prevailing family. The mausoleum is entirely made of white marble and graced with intricate decoration of inlay work, and marble-screen work belonging to the Islamic style. With its tranquil, small garden on the bank of Yamuna River, the tomb stands impressively elegant from a distance.

Proceed for a HERITAGE WALK to the other side of River YAMUNA with your guide.

The other side of the TAJ MAHAL across the river Yamuna where Mughal History has been written in edicts of stone, the river Yamuna lined with the residences of mobility was the artery, the very lifeline, which fostered the development of Mughal Agra. These heritage relics have been weaved together for a historic experience of Mughal Agra. You would walk through the various monuments in midst of rural setting intertwined with the communities along with stunning view of the TAJ MAHAL.

Enjoy the extended hospitality of the local villagers sipping a cup of Masala Chai on the Tea Terrace with standard, comfortable, clean, affordable, and safe facilities. The whole village walk through India’s Mughal History and amiable people is an unforgettable experience.

Overnight will be at Agra.

Day 12 : Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur by Road 232kms in 05hrs

Breakfast will be at hotel.

Drive to Fatehpur Sikri. The deserted, red Sandstone City, Emperor Akbar built that as his capital and palace in the late 16th century is an exhilarating experience. It a veritable fairytale city and its "ruins" are in pristine condition ... it's not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world.

After lunch drive to beautiful Pink City – Jaipur. Reach and check in at hotel.

Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan a romantic realm of resplendent palaces, mighty fortresses and regal Maharajahs that lies in the western deserts and is an utterly unique part of India. Proudly belonging to the KSHATRIYA warrior caste and fiercely independent, the Rajput princes made fearsome foes. However, many of them realized that to maintain their wealth and authority locally, it was expedient to proclaim allegiance to the central power. Thus, many enjoyed a privileged position under the Mughal emperors and also the British Raj that followed.

The bustling Rajasthan capital of Jaipur takes its name from its venerated founder Jai Singh II, who was given the title Sawai Maharaja by the Mughal. Literally translated this would mean ’one and a quarter’, suggesting that the Mughal thought this emperor to be more valuable than just ‘one’. Jaipur is known as the ’Pink City’ on account of the distinctive colour of its buildings. This did not, however, form part of the original plan, but dates back to 1856, when the city was given a wash of pink in honor of a State Visit from Prince Albert.

This evening, visit the Birla Temple to learn more about the fascinating religious life of Jaipur. The marble structure, built as recently as 1985, houses ornate statues including one of Lakshmi (goddess of Wealth and Beauty) and Narayan dressed in gaudy robes, representing a Hindu vision of heavenly luxury. Carvings in the temple and on pillars supporting the covered walkways include images of the Hindu pantheon, as well as Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Francis of Assisi. Your visit will coincide with the AARTI Ceremony, which involves oil lamps being lit and waved, in order to awake and invoke the deity.

Enjoy the experience and spend night at Jaipur.

Day 13 : Jaipur

After breakfast drive to Amber Palace. Enjoy Elephant Back ascent to the Fort.

AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the 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 its ultimate expression. Continue city sightseeing.

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 consist of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

This afternoon is free for you to relax shop or explore independently. Shopping is superb in Jaipur, particularly for gold and silver jewelry, pottery, tie-dye materials, silk, saris, wooden handicrafts and carpets.

Overnight will be at Jaipur.

Day 14 : Jaipur

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed for sightseeing of a royal village SAMODE.

Samode according to the Rajputana Gazetteer of 1879 was a large and flourishing town. The Zamidars (landlords) of Samode - the principal thakurs of the state of Amber were the Nathawat clan from Chomu, a branch of the house of Amber, tracing their relation to the Jaipur Maharaja the fabled Prithviraj Singhji the 17th prince of the house of Kacchwaha Rajputs. Gopal Singhji one of his 12 sons was awarded Samode, a noble feudatory of the Amber & Jaipur principality. It was among the wealthiest territories in the Amber kingdom.

The Zamidari eventually passed within the clan to the hands of Behari Das, a Rajput warrior in Mughal Service. After 6 generations in the hands of his descendants Samode was relinquished to the Raj.

The 400-year-old SAMODE PALACE has a wealth of frescoes, many of them depicting religious subjects. The highlight is a vast DURBAR HALL.

Take a walk of the Rajasthani village or take a camel cart ride.

Overnight will be at Jaipur.

Day 15 : Jaipur- Nimaj (Chattra Sagar) by Road 217 kms in 4 hrs

Enjoy breakfast and leave for NIMAJ. (Chhatra Sagar).

The fort of Nimaj was built in 1733 by the valiant ruler – Thakur Jagram Singh. Situated in the heart of the town, it is a massive structure built in traditional Rajput style with courtyards and separate wings for men & women. The little township is surrounded by places of historical interest, like the 9th century temple Magar Mandi, 3 Kms away. Visit nearby villages to see local craftsmen at work & a little further see blackbucks, blue bulls etc.

Lakes in the desert region are a rarity having their own charm. Chhatra Sagar, 4 Kms from the fort is a beautiful water body nestled between two hillocks. Built as a summer retreat, the lush green lawn, flowering trees and clear waters are like an oasis in the otherwise dry region. Boating and angling is possible. It is surrounded by lush green fields and vast grazing pastures. Chhatra Sagar, a hundred-year old reservoir with a periphery of about 10 kilometers, is an ideal destination for nature lovers and a perfect getaway from the chaotic city life.

As a hunting preserve of the Nimaj Estate, Chhatra Sagar has witnessed many exciting shikar camps and leisure parties. Today, the campsite, situated on the dam, offers breathtaking views of the sunrise, sunset and the Aravalli ranges on the horizon. The old shooting box - Aodhi has been put to good use as it provides a closer view of the water fowl and birds of prey.

Relax in the tastefully designed and well-appointed tented accommodation. Each tent has an attached bath with running hot and cold water, and its own private sit out overlooking the lake.

Get a few tips on Indian cooking from the family and the traditional chefs. Dinner would be typically RAJASTHANI.

Overnight will be at the camp.

Day 16 : Chhatrasagar

After a relaxed breakfast, proceed to watch the birds, go for nature walks, soak in the fresh air, sit around the bonfire and listen to old folk lore - or be more adventurous and take one of the many safaris on offer. Experience the warm hospitality, and enjoy some truly delicious Indian and traditional Rajasthani meals cooked with farm fresh vegetables in the family kitchen.

Enjoy the sundowner and relax.

Overnight will be at the camp.

Day 17 : Chhatrasagar - Udaipur by road 250 km in 5.5 hr

After breakfast, proceed for Udaipur. You will stop in between to rest and have lunch.

Reach Udaipur and you will be transferred to the hotel. Rest and relax.

The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the ARAVALLIS. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers.

Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of a heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the LAKE PICHOLA is an enticing sight.

Udaipur is the jewel of MEWAR -a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years.

The day will be free for you to relax in the hotel or visit the local markets.

Overnight will be at Udaipur.

Day 18 : Udaipur

After a relaxed breakfast, proceed for the city sightseeing of Udaipur.

City Palace: Standing on the east bank of Lake Pichola, is a massive series of palaces built at different times from 1559 A.D. The balconies of the palace provide panoramic views of "Jag Niwas" (the world wide famous Lake palace hotel), Jag Mandir on one side and the city of Udaipur on the other side. Its main entrance is through the triple-arched gate - the Tripolia, built in 1725. The way now leads to a series of courtyards, overlapping parations, terraces, corridors and gardens - a harmonic profusion hard to describe. There is a Suraj Gokhda, where the maharanas of Mewar presented themselves in the times of trouble to the people to restore confidence. The Mor-chowk (Peacock courtyard), gets its name from the vivid mosaics in glass decorating its walls. The chini chitrashala is noteworthy while a series of wall paintings of KRISHNA are on display in Bhim Vilas. There are numerous other palaces such as Dilkhush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Moti mahal and Krishna Vilas - in memory of a princess of striking beauty who poisoned herself to avert a bloody battle for her hand by rival princess. Now the palace contains many antique articles, paintings, decorative furniture and utensils and attracts thousands of visitors every day.

Here you will marvel at rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colored glass windows and inlaid marble balconies and the Peacock Courtyard.

Saheliyon ki Bari: Maharana Sangram Singh builds this in the mid 18th century. The 'garden of the maidens' brings to mind the lifestyle of the ladies of the court. The delightful gardens appear discreet and in impeccable taste. There are four pools with dainty kiosks, and all around are flowerbeds, lawns, pools and fountains protected by a series of walls and shady trees. The Foundation of the Sahelion ki Bari functions solely by water pressure and no pumps are used. The garden has a lotus pool, a sitting room decorated with paintings and glass mosaics. The whole ambience is flavored by the nostalgia of those beautiful bells enjoying themselves in a lavish aura.

Bagore ki Haveli: This is a very congenial old building built right on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar built it in the eighteenth century. The palace has over hundred rooms and some very interesting display of costumes and modern art. The glass and mirror in the interiors of the Haveli delicate work and well preserved too. It also preserves a fine example of Mewar Painting on the walls of Queen's Chamber. The two peacocks made from small pieces of colored glasses are fine examples of glasswork. After the death Badwa the building became the property of Mewar State. It came to be occupied by Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore who built the palace of the three arches also in 1878 and it acquired its name of Bagore-ki-haveli, the house of Bagore. After independence the structure lay in neglect until 1986 when it housed the West Zone Cultural centre.

Jagdish Temple: The temple is situated in the middle of the city. The temple of Jagannath Rai, now called Jagdish-ji, is a major monument and should be seen carefully. Raised on a tall terrace and completed in 1651, it is a tribute alike to the tenacity of its builders and the resilence of the art tradition it represents. It attaches a double storeyed Mandapa (hall) to a double - storied, saandhara (that having a covered ambulatory) sanctum. The mandapa has another storey tucked within its pyramidal samavarna (bell - roof) while the hollow clustered spire over the sanctum contains two more, non - functional stories. Lanes taking off from many of the sheharpanah (city wall) converge on the Jagdish Temple and walking leisurely through them brings you face with the many layers of the cultural palimpsest that Udaipur is. It was built by Maharana Jagat Singh Ist in 1651 A.D.

Proceed for Evening Motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - the other island palace in the middle of the lake. Spend some time at the Jag Mandir Palace.

Overnight will be in Udaipur.

Day 19 : Udaipur - Mumbai by flight

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Spend day in leisure.

Later transfer to the airport to take flight for Mumbai. Reach Mumbai and check into the hotel.

Its young, its lively and a confluence of varied cultural currents and cross currents have given Mumbai a unique position of the most multi-ethnic city of India. The capital city of Maharashtra State formerly known as Bombay lies in the southwestern part of India and occupies a peninsular site originally composed of seven islets lying off the KONKAN COAST of western India. Oozing with the cocksure self-confidence of a maverick moneymaker and "Bindass" (carefree) attitude, Mumbai is also country's financial and commercial hub and has a principal port on the Arabian Sea.

Yet, there's another face of Mumbai too that is of the most densely populated cities in the world. Mumbai is located on a site of ancient settlement and took its name from the local Goddess "Mumba" - a form of Parvati, the consort of Shiva, one of the principal Gods of Hinduism - whose temple once stood in what is now the southeastern section of the Mumbai city.

Overnight will be at Mumbai.

Day 20 : Mumbai

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Enjoy the city sightseeing.

Dhobi Ghat: unique feature of Mumbai, the dhobi is a traditional laundryman, who will collect your dirty linen, wash it, and return it neatly pressed to your doorstep. The "laundries" are called "ghats": row upon row of concrete wash pens, each fitted with its own flogging stone. The clothes are soaked in sudsy water, thrashed on the flogging stones, then tossed into huge vats of boiling starch and hung out to dry. Next they are ironed and piled into neat bundles. The most famous of these Dhobi Ghats is at Saat Rasta near Mahalaxmi Station where almost two hundred dhobis and their families work together in what has always been a hereditary occupation.

Mumbai Fort: The area north of Colaba is known as Mumbai Fort, since the old British fort was once located here. There are a lot of impressive buildings from Mumbai's golden period here. St. John's church, dedicated to the soldiers, who laid down their lives in the Sindh campaign of 1838, and the first Afghan war of 1843, is also worth a visit.

Gateway of India: Mumbai's principal landmark, the Gateway of India is a huge archway on the water's edge at Apollo Bunder. It is the starting point for most tourists who want to explore the city. This famous monument was built to commemorate the visit of the first ever British Monarch, King George V and Queen Mary in 1911.

Flora Fountain/ Hutama Chowk: This fountain situated in the heart of the city was erected in 1869 in honour of a British Governor of Bombay. Sir Brtle Frere. Flora Fountain marks a junction of five streets and known as the 'Picadilly Circus 'of Mumbai, which is decorated at its four corners with mythological figures, the Fountain is a structure in dull stone with a figure the Roman Goddess of flowers, at the top.

Victoria Terminus/Western Railway Station: At the site of the Koli's original temple to Mumba Devi now stands Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus - one of Mumbai's most prominent buildings and architecturally one of the finest stations in the world. It is built in a style that combines Gothic and Indian influences. It was completed in 1885. Designed by F.W. Stevens the building commenced in 1878. This Italian gothic Building has a frontage of over 15,00 feet. The administrative offices form three sides of a rectangle enclosing an ornamental garden, the entrance gate guarded by a massive stone Lion and Tiger. The most prominent feature of this building is the high 160 feet dome crowning the centre. On top of the giant dome is a figure of a women with a torch held aloft to symbolise progress.

Mumbai High court: An attractive building in early English Gothic style, situated next to the Oval Ground is well worth a visit for its impressive architecture. Statues representing Justice and Mercy surmount the Central structure.

Rajabai Clock tower: Rajabai Clock tower, situated at the gardens of the Bombay University building rises above the portion of the library section. Consisting of five elaborately decorated storeys the tower is 280ft.in height. The top of the cupola is ornamented with sixteen statues depicting various Indian castes.

Marine Drive in Mumbai: Marine Drive located in the central Mumbai, built in the 1920s and 30s on land reclaimed from the sea, is Mumbai's most famous thoroughfare. It is also referred to as the Queen's Necklace because of the dramatic line of street lamps lit up at night. Recently it has come to known as Netaji Subhashchandra Bose Road with Nariman Point on one end to Babulnath, at the foot of Walkeshwar on the other.

Enjoy evening in leisure around the QUEENS NECKLACE and local beach.

Chowpatty Beach: Chowpatty beach situated at the end of Marine Drive has a moderate expanse of sand and is the only beach in the central part of Mumbai. One can witnesses many Hindu religious ceremonies taking place at Chowpatty like the Annual Thread-Tying Ceremony initiating young boys into the Brahmin caste, 'Nariel Purnima' towards the end of the monsoons and 'Ganesh Chaturthi' immersions.

Overnight will be in Mumbai.

Day 21 : Mumbai - Cochin by flight

Wake up early and proceed to board the flight to Cochin.

You will be met on arrival in Cochin and proceed by road to Alleppey. Reach and check into the houseboat.

Vrinda will set sail along the main waterway on Vembanad Lake and enters the Alleppey canal.

You could actively participate with the local fishermen and understand the life cycle of “karimeen” also called as “pearl spot”. Lunch will be served on board. The cruiser sails along the scenic waterways for four hours and returns to the Vembanad Lake in time to watch the sunset.

Later in the evening, guests enjoy a performance of the highly ritualized “Kathakali” dance which tells stories from the ancient Hindu epics - Ramayana and Mahabarata. Performances begin with the application of elaborate makeup which is based in traditional Ayurvedic principles.

The vessel will anchor for the night at the Vembanad Lake jetty.

Dinner will be on board. Overnight will be in the houseboat.

Day 22 : Backwaters

Motor Vessel Vrinda will sail from the Vembanad Lake jetty and head south, towards Alleppey. Breakfast will be served on board. Sailing through scenic backwaters, guests can observe life along these “water highways” while passing through one of the few areas in the world where farming is done below sea level.

Guests will be transferred to a traditional rice boat to navigate through the narrower sections of the backwaters.

For the next few hours, guests will observe and experience a way of life unique to this region, accompanied by a guide. This section of the cruise includes a visit to the half-statue of Lord Buddha at Karumadi and a traditional Kerala tharavad (family residence).

Later in the day, guests return to Motor Vessel Vrinda where lunch will be served as the boat passes through picturesque stretches of the backwaters on the way back to Alleppey, known as the “Venice of the East”. Motor Vessel Vrinda will return to Vembanad Lake, where guests can enjoy Vrinda Vadiyam a musical fusion of classical instruments. Motor Vessel Vrinda will anchor for the night at the Vembanad Lake jetty.

Dinner will be on board. Overnight will be in the houseboat.
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On board Vrinda, with a rice boat excursion

Motor Vessel Vrinda will sail from the Vembanad Lake jetty and head South, past Kanjippadam. Vrinda will anchor near Chambakulam where guests will transfer onto the rice boat once again for a pre-lunch sightseeing excursion.

Guests will visit St. Mary’s Church, established by St. Thomas in 1721 and Sree Bhagavathy Kshetram – a 100-year old Hindu temple to Mother Goddess - at Nedumudy. Guests can also explore the Chambakulam snake boat yard, which displays one of the traditional long snake boats used in races.

To further the understanding and appreciation of this experience, a qualified guide will be present on board for the full day after cruising through the backwaters in the afternoon, Motor Vessel Vrinda will return to Vembanad Lake, where guests can enjoy a “Mohiniattam” recital on board. This classical dance form, distinctive to Kerala, is also called the 'Dance of the Enchantress'. Dancers attired in beautiful traditional costumes perform with slow, graceful movements and highly emotive expressions.

Dinner will be on board. Overnight will be in the houseboat.

Day 23 : Kumarakom

Motor Vessel Vrinda will sail North along the main waterway channel on the Vembanad Lake and head South, past Pallathurathy.

Breakfast will be served on board; following which guests will check out at 10 am. Disembark the houseboat and proceed by road to the resort in Kumarakom.

The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres, is a favorite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian stork that live there in flocks are a fascination for visitors. This is an unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with while lilies.

Visit the BIRD SANCTUARY and enjoy the serenity of the place in the evening.

Overnight will be in Kumarakom.

Day 24 : Kumarakom

After breakfast, proceed to spend a relaxed time at the backwaters.

Enjoy Ayurvedic treatments and massages

Overnight will be in Kumarakom.

Day 25 : Kumarakom - Cochin by road 60 km in 1.5 hr | Cochin - Delhi by flight

After breakfast, proceed by road to Cochin to board the flight to Delhi.

Reach Delhi and check into the hotel.

Overnight will be in Delhi.

Day 26 : Delhi - Dehradun by flight | Dehradun - Ananda by road 60 km in 1.5 hrs

After a relaxed breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to board the flight to Dehradun. Reach and you will be transferred to Ananda by road.

Reach and check into the resort.

Evening will be free for you to rest and relax.

Overnight will be at Ananda.

Day 27 : Ananda

After the wake up signature tea, proceed for a yoga and meditation session.

Later proceed for breakfast. After breakfast, proceed to enjoy spa therapy.

Evening will be free for you to relax.

Overnight will be in Ananda.

Day 28 : Ananda

After the wake up signature tea, proceed for a yoga and meditation session.

Later proceed for breakfast. After breakfast, proceed to enjoy spa therapy.

Evening will be free for you to relax.

Overnight will be in Ananda.

Day 29 : Ananda

After the wake up signature tea, proceed for a yoga and meditation session.

Later proceed for breakfast. After breakfast, proceed to enjoy spa therapy.

In the afternoon, if you wish, proceed to visit the ghats in Haridwar.

Har Ki Pauri: This ghat is one of the most sacred Ghats in India. People say that this ghat was built by Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhartrihari. This ghat is also known as Brahmakund. In the evening a Maha Aarti is performed on this ghat. It is an event which is a must, not be missed by any visitor.

Sapt Rishi: At one place Ganga divides herself into seven small streams. This place is known as the Sapt Rishi and provides a very pleasing sight. Return in the evening to the resort.

Overnight will be in Ananda.

Day 30 : Ananda - Dehradun by road 60 km in 1.5 hrs | Dehradun - Delhi by flight

After a relaxed breakfast, proceed by road to the airport. Reach the airport in Dehradun and proceed to board the flight to Delhi.

Reach Delhi and enjoy last minute shopping.

As per the timings, you will be transferred to the international airport to board the flight back home with sweet memories of the tour.

TOUR ENDS!!

COMPASS EXPERIENCE INCLUDES

• ACCOMMODATION AT MENTIONED HOTELS,
• DAILY BREAKFASTS,
• ALL MEALS ON THE HOUSEBOAT,
• ALL MEALS IN DARJEELING,
• PACKED OR HOT LUNCHES FOR ALL ROAD DRIVES,
• CITY SIGHTSEEING TOURS AS MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY,
• AIR-CONDITIONED VEHICLE AT DISPOSAL,
• AIR CONDITIONED PRESIDENTIAL WHEELS (INNOVA) FOR ROAD JOURNEY FROM AGRA - JAIPUR - CHHATRASAGAR & UDAIPUR,
• COMPASS APPROVED ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE FOR ALL MENTIONED TOURS,
• ASSISTANCE AT THE AIRPORTS/ STATIONS ON ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE,
• ALL MONUMENT ENTRANCE FEES,
• WELCOME DINNER IN DELHI,
• DILLI HAAT (DELHI) & LOCAL MARKET VISITS,
• VISIT KINGDOM OF DREAMS & CULTURAL GULLY VISIT,
• KALAKRITI SHOW IN AGRA,
• ELEPHANT RIDE IN JAIPUR,
• TRADIONAL RAJASTHANI MEAL EXPERIENCE WITH A ROYA FAMILY IN JAIPUR,
• HIGH TEA IN UDAIPUR,
• PRIVATE BOATRIDE AT LAKE PICHOLA IN UDAIPUR DURING SUNSET,
• MORNING WAKE UP SIGNATURE TEA AT ANANDA,
• SPA EXPERIENCES (01 SESSION EACH OF WILD ROSE SALT SCRUB FOR 45 MINUTES; SWEDISH MASSAGE FOR 85 MINUTES; HIMALAYAN HONEY & ROSE FACIAL FOR 55 MINUTES & YOGA NIDRA FOR 45 MINUTES ),
• HYDEROTHERAPY FASCILITIES - STEAM, SAUNA, PLUNGE POOL, HYDRO FOOT BATH,
• DAILY SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES - YOGA, MEDITATION, PRANAYAMA, VEDANTA & FITNESS SESSIONS,
• PRIVATE ROAMING FREE MOBILE PHONES WITH PRE ALLOTTED NUMBERS,
• UNLIMITED FREE INTERNET ACCESS DURING FULL TOUR INCLUDING IN THE VEHICLE,
• UNLIMITED BOTTLED WATER & SOFT BEVERAGES DURING ALL TOURS AND DRIVES,
• PRIORITY CHECKIN & BAGGAGE HANDLING FOR ALL LOCAL FLIGHTS,
• AIRFARE IN NORMAL CLASS FOR ALL THE MENTIONED SECTORS,
• TOLL TAXES, DRIVER'S ALLOWANCE, THIRD PARTY INSURANCE &
•ALL APPLICABLE TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES

COMPASS EXPERIENCE INCLUDES

• GUARANTEED HOTELS
• COMPLIMENTARY MINERAL WATER/WET TISSUES FOR ALL ROAD JOURNEYS,
• DEDICATED TOUR MANAGER WITH 24 HR CONTACT

Hotels

CITY PALACE & EXPERIANTIAL HOTELS NIGHTS
DELHI THE LEELA PALACE 02
DARJEELING THE GLENBURN TEA ESTATE - PLANTER'S SUITE 03
DELHI DUSSIT DEVARANA 01
VARANASI NADESAR PALACE - HISTORICAL SUITE 02
AGRA OBEROI AMARVILAS - PREMIER ROOM WITH BALCONY 02
JAIPUR OBEROI RAJVILAS 03
NIMAJ CHHATRASAGAR 02
UDAIPUR TAJ LAKE PALACE - LUXURY ROOM WITH LAKE VIEW 02
MUMBAI THE OBEROI - PREMIER OCEAN VIEW 02
BACKWATERS OBEROI VRINDA 02
KUMARAKOM KUMARAKOM LAKE RESORT - MEANDERING POOL VILLA 02
DELHI DUSSIT DEVARANA 01
ANANDA ANANDA SPA & RESORT 04

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