Roman came to Kerala in search of pepper and spices. Jews migrated at different time to escape prosecution. Vasco da Gama came from Portugal in 1498 to get his hold on spice trade which is older than Islam. He established his first fortress at Cochin (Kochi) in 1503. Later Dutch came in and drove the Portuguese from their enclave. British were the last foreigners to have left their imprint on Kerala.
You arrive at Cochin. The sightseeing tours around the fort would give you the impession of its past legacy. You would also be amazed to see the Chinese Fishing net which is very unique in many ways. It is believed to have been introduced by the Chinese explorer, Zheng He. They were brought from the court of Chinese emperor, Kublai Khan and have been in operation there ever since. In the evening you will be taken to a theater to see the famous ‘Kathakali’ -classical dance-drama of Kerala (India) that is based on Hindu mythology. This form of dance dates back to 17th century. The dance is well known for its large elaborate makeup and costume of the performers.
Next day we travel to Thakadey and national park at lake Pariyer to see wild lives, spices and herbal plants grown there. As you drive to the hill covered with tea and coffee plantation you pass through lush green vegetation with coconut and beetle nuts trees all over and spices and herbs plants in the higher elevation. You are amidst the un-spoilt nature. Stay two nights at Thakadey and return back same route to Allepey to take house boat ride in the back water of Kerala. The house boat trip through the canals is mainly concentrated around Allepey, Kumarakom, Kottayam, Quilon and Cochin. Besides enjoying the serenity of the quite river you travel through scattered villages in the hinterland of Kerala. Drive to Kovalam; stay two nights there and fly home from Trivendrum.
Chennai is the most visited city in Inida With temples, beaches and centres of historical and cultural significance, including the UNESCO Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram. It is gateway to the South India. You will arrive in Chennai and transferred to hotel. You can either stay in the hotel or stroll along with your camera .
Its culture and tradition is what makes them unique and different from the rest of the Indian state. It’s a land of temples and priests. The architecture ranges from ancient temples to modern high-rises. Music is classical and western, to the growing nightlife in the city.
Banglore is your next stop.
Banglore is an excellent place to visit if you are looking for "action". It is a cosmopolitan melting pot and the young people here are some of the most westernised in India. Bangalore is one of the country's fastest growing ciy. You will be visiting guide city tour to Vidhansoudha, Tipu's summer palace, Botanical Gardens and Lalbagh gardens.
Your second stop is Mysore. Mysore is the Karnataka's second biggest city. It is one of the major centres of incense manafacture in Inida. Everywhere you go you will be surrounded by he lingering aromas of sandalwood, jasmine, rose, musk, and many others. Guided city tour of Mysore visiting Lalita Mahal Palace, Nandi Bull Temple and Brindaban Gardens.
Ooty is a popular hill station located in the Nilgiri Hills. Its historic sites and natural beauty is what attracts tourists. Lofty mountains, great lakes, dense forests, sprawling grasslands, miles of tea gardens si what the visitors see en route to Ooty.Interesting activities includes boat ride on Lake Ooty and visit to Botanical gardens.
Your next stop is Cochin. Cochin is one of the biggest harbour of India. It was an important spice rading centre. You will witness half day guided city tour visiting Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace and Chinese fishing nets. Next day morning after breakfast drive to Alleppey-one of best place for nature and backwater lovers. After checkin to hotel proceed for backwater cruise between Alleppey to Kottayam (one of the finest backwater cruise in India). After backwaters drive to Periyar. Periyar is a wildlife sanctuary with beautiful lake. It is situated in lush green forest.
Sikkim is a small and charming tourist hub in the Eastern Himalayan range of India. It borders China to the East, Nepal to the West and south to the Indian state of West Bengal. Darjeeling shares it\'s boarder district with Sikkim in the north, Nepal in the West and Bhutan in the east. Darjeeling famous for it\'s natural beauty and vast stretches of lush green tea gardens, and only Himalayan Railway, known to the locals as the Toy Train, is now a world heritage which was listed in by the UNESCO in 1999. Riding on this train almost 88 km is not that faster way to get to Darjeeling from New Jalpaiguri but indeed a life time experience. The railway one the way to Darjeeling at Ghoom (2438m) is one of highest railway station in the world.
Mountain of Sikkim is famous for its rhododendron and orchids flowers, which blooms in spring. The Kanchanjunga range in the west and several snow-capped peaks to the north makes Sikkim a special place for tourist. It is rich in cultural heritage with mixed of Lepcha, Bhotia, Limbus and many other Nepalese ethnic groups. Budhist Gompas and Hindus shrines are everywhere in this tiny Himalayan State. Some of the best known monasteries are Ralong, Phodang, Rumtek, Phensong, Enchhey and Tashiding. Among them Rumtek is most popular monastery. Rumtek monastery is located 23 km. from Gangtok. It is the seat of the Kargyu order of Tibetan Buddhism. Gyalwa Karmapa, the 16th reincarnate Lama, built the monastery at Rumtek after he escaped from Tibet and settled in Sikkim. After Gyalwa Karmapa died 17thKarmapa was reborn in Tibet. Since then Rumtek monastery has become controvery for the actual Karmapa. Like Mani Rimdu in Thyangboche (Nepal), Rumtek monastery is famous for its ritual lama dance and opera performed by the lamas.
Sikkim was chosen by Padmasambhava, propagator and initiator of Tantric Buddhism in the Himalayan kingdom, as one of the valley (bey-yul) to preserve Buddhist scriptures for posterity. History of Buddhism in the Himalayan is incomplete without Sikkim.
Tour in Sikkim make suitable combination with a short trek and cultural tour of Sikkim and Darjeeling. You can extend the tour to Nepal or travel by train to Delhi to visit Dharmasala to take to meet Dalai Lama.
Transportation: From Kathmandu, take the one hour flight to Bhadrapur (the nearest Nepalese airport to Darjeeling), drive to Kakarvitta (Nepal/Indian boarder 34km), to Silguri (36km) and to Darjeeling (77 km, about 2 ½ hrs drive). Darjeeling is also connected by road with Sikkim (120km) and Bhutan (200km). Darjeeling is about 90 km from Bagdogra, the nearest airport, where schedule flights operate from New Delhi, Calcutta and Guwahati The nearest rail heads are Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri (88km) which are connected to Calcutta, New Delhi, Guwahati and other major cities in India.
Kalimpong, located on a ridge overlooking the Teesta River, is a tourist destination owing to its temperate climate and proximity to popular tourist locations in the region. Horticulture is also important to Kalimpong: it has a flower market notable for its wide array of orchids; nurseries, which export Himalayan grown flower bulbs, tubers and rhizomes, contribute to the economy of Kalimpong.Home to ethnic Nepalis, indigenous ethnic groups and non-native migrants from other parts of India, the town also is a religious centre of Buddhism. The Buddhist monastery Zang Dhok Palri Phodang holds a number of rare Tibetan Buddhist scriptures.
Darjeeling situated northern part of west Bengal, similar in geography that of Sikkim, Darjeeling shares it's boarder district with Sikkim in the north, Nepal in the West and Bhutan in the east. Darjeeling famous for it's natural beauty and vast stretches of lush green tea gardens, and only Himalayan Railway, known to the locals as the Toy Train, is now a world heritage which was listed in by the UNESCO in 1999. Riding on this train almost 88 km is not that faster way to get to Darjeeling from New Jalpaiguri but indeed a life time experience. The railway one the way to Darjeeling at Ghoom (2438m) is one of highest railway station in the world.
Sikkim Gangok is he capital of Sikkim and was originally home to the Lepchas, a tribal people people though to have migrated from the hills of Assam around the 13th centuray. The land occupies the west side of a long ridge flanking the Ranipool River. The scenery is spectacular and there are excellent views of the entire Kanchunjunga range from many points in the vincity. Many people expect Sikkim to be a smaller version of Kathmandu, overflowing with ancient temples , palaces, monasteries, and narrow colourful bazaars. It is an interesting and pleasant place to stay and people here are exceptionally friendly.
Transportation:From Kathmandu, take the one hour flight to Bhadrapur (the nearest Nepalese airport to Darjeeling), drive to Kakarvitta (Nepal/Indian boarder 34km), to Silguri (36km) and to Darjeeling (77 km, about 2 ½ hrs drive). Darjeeling is also connected by road with Sikkim (120km) and Bhutan (200km). Darjeeling is about 90 km from Bagdogra, the nearest airport, where schedule flights operate from New Delhi, Calcutta and Guwahati The nearest rail heads are Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri (88km) which are connected to Calcutta, New Delhi, Guwahati and other major cities in India.
Yumthang valley lies in the north Sikkim and its district hear quarter is in Mangam. Yumthang, at the height of 11,800 ft. (3564 m) & 145 kms from Gangtok, is a paradise for nature lovers with a fascinating blend of flora & fauna and breathtaking scenic grandeur. Yumthang, is a vast expanse of colorful grass-carpet to the horizon Covered with rhododendron shrubs and trees, the entire valley erupts into a riot of colors in May.Tourists need special permits to visit North Sikkim beyond Mangan.
All these make North Sikkim a heaven in earth. A typical North Sikkim tour starts from Gangtok then via Kabi Lungtsok 23 km, Phodong 40 km, Mangan 67 km, Singhik 72 km, Chungthang 98 km, Lachung 117 km to 141 km away from Yumthang. On the way lies Singhba Rhododendron Sanctuary and Kanchandzonga National Park. SNT buses from Gangtok leaves at 8-00 and 13-00 hr and reaches Mangan via Phodong and going still 5 km further to Singhik. Indians are free to move upto Tung bridge via Mangan-Shinghik , but beyond north of Tung restricted area permit is required.
From Kathmandu, take the one hour flight to Bhadrapur (the nearest Nepalese airport to Darjeeling), drive to Kakarvitta (Nepal/Indian boarder 34km), to Silguri (36km) and to Darjeeling (77 km, about 2 ½ hrs drive). Darjeeling is also connected by road with Sikkim (120km) and Bhutan (200km). Darjeeling is about 90 km from Bagdogra, the nearest airport, where schedule flights operate from New Delhi, Calcutta and Guwahati The nearest rail heads are Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri (88km) which are connected to Calcutta, New Delhi, Guwahati and other major cities in India.
You arrive at Delhi. In the afternoon you visit Qutub Minar, Humayun Tomb and India Gate. Next day we drive to Agra. In Agra visit Agra Fort and at sunset the world famous monument of love - Taj Mahal built by Emperor Shahjahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz. Jaipur is your next stop. En-route we will see Fatehpur Sikri built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar. It was the capital of the Mughal Empire for about 10 years and later abandoned due to scarcity of water. We stay an extra day at Jaipur to visit Amber Fort where you will see a marvelous example of Rajput architecture. The ascent to the fort is on the decorated elephants. The fort Interior has various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory work, exquisite wall paintings and tiny mirror chips that create a tantalizing reflection effect. There are other interesting places to visit like City Palace Museum, Jantar Mantar (astronomical observatory). If time permit we will take you to visit Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal). It is a five storeyed wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. In the evening travel to Delhi to catch onward flight.
Rajasthan with Varanasi Tour is an extended journey through northern India. This fascinating journo will take to from the world 17th largest desert to the colourful and vibrant city of Vanaras. The highlights of this tour is the fascinating diverse region and culture of India. This immersive journey begins by exploring the majestic capital city of Delhi, followed by the ancient and sacred city of Varanasi, before arriving in Agra , the home of the world's 8th wonder of the world known as the monument of love; the Taj Mahal.
Continue your journey by exploring what we do best – the regal state of Rajasthan, whose fascinating history is told in innumerable legends and evidenced by its towering forts and dramatic scenery. Take your time to soak up the rich heritage and splendid architecture of Jaipur and Jodhpur, and track wild Bengal tigers in Ranthambhore National Park. The easy-going lake city of Udaipur is the perfect place to end your journey, with its fairy-tale like palaces and romantic lakes.
No two stops on this culturally-rich journey are alike, and together they span many centuries of Indian history; forming the backdrop to landmark events such as the birth of Buddhism, Mughal invasion and rule, epic Rajput battles and British imperialism. However, this tour is merely a suggestion to share a flavor of the possibilities, and simply a starting point when crafting your tailor-made Rajasthan tour – we can make any number of refinements until we’ve created your ideal experience.
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