S.I. TOUR NO.1
Day 1 Arrival Delhi
On arrival pick-up and proceed for sightseeing. Overnight at hotel.
Red fort: Built in Red Sand stone this imposing fort is 3 kms in perimeter with the height of the wall varying from 18 to 30 meters at places. When the Red fort was being built Yamuna used to flow on its one sides and there were deep moats on the other. Today Yamuna flows almost a kilometer away from the fort and the moats have dried up. In the evening the Delhi Tourism organises a light and sound show which narrates the history of Delhi in context of the Red Fort.
The Raj Ghat: Along the banks of Jamuna are located the places were the leaders and freedom fighters of India were cremated. The Raj Ghat is one of the most visited ghats. A simple square platform of black marble marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated after his assassination in 1948. To North of Raj Ghat is the cremation ground of Jawaharlal Nehru named as Shanti Van. The cremation ground of Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi are also in the vicinity. The cremation ground of Lal Bahadur Shastri is nearby.
Chandni Chowk & Jama Masjid: one of the main markets of Delhi, Chandni Chowk was once lined with beautiful fountains. But today the place is very crowded and congested. Chandni Chowk is located opposite the Red Fort. The Area has got the Digamber Jain Temple which houses the Birds hospital. On one end of Chandni Chowk is the Fatehpuri Mosque which was erected by the wives of Shah Jahan. Opposite the old police station or the Kotwali is the Sunheri Masjid from where Nadir Shah ordered his troops to plunder and massacre Delhi.
India Gate Flanked by ornamental ponds and lawns, Rajpath is host to the Republic Day Parade. The two secretariat buildings and Rashtrapati Bhawan on the Raisina hills are located on the two sides of this immensely broad road. Previously the Boat Club, besides the Rajpath, was host to many demonstrations and Rallies. India Gate is towards the eastern end of Rajpath .
The Parliament House Sansad Bhawan or the Parliament house is the supreme law making body in the country. It is the center of power and politicians decide the fate of the Indian Democracy here. Visitors are not allowed inside the house but when the house is in session, visitors may take permission to go inside and watch the proceedings of the house. The parliament consists of three halls- Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and the central hall. For the foreign visitors permits are given only after they obtain an introductory letter from the respective embassy.
India Gate is a 42m high stone arch of triumph. It bears the name of the 85,000 Indian Army Soldiers who died in the campaigns of WW1, the North-West Frontiers operations and the 1919 Afghan Fiasco. Below the arch is the memorial to the unknown soldier. India Gate is surrounded by green grass lawns and trees.
Day 2 Delhi – Aurangabad fly
After breakfast at hotel transfer to airport to flight to Aurangabad. On arrival Aurangabad pick-up and sightseeing of Aurangabad. Overnight at hotel.
Aurangabad, the gateway to Ajanta and Ellora, holds a significant place in the Buddhism. Not much of Aurangabad’s ancient history is known except that it was founded by Malik Ambar in the year 1610 A.D. Malik Ambar, the prime minister of Murtaza Nizam Shah of Ahmadnagar discovered the city during his visit to Kharki village.
Day 3 Aurangabad -Full day sightseeing
After breakfast at hotel full day sightseeing of Ajanta or Ellora and Aurangabad. Overnight at hotel.
The Ajanta Caves have 30 rock cut Bhuddhist caves and it is 106 km from Aurangabad. The basic designs of the caves are called ‘Chaitya grihas’ and ‘Viharas’. Five caves are Buddhist cathedrals and the remaining 25 are monasteries.The Chaityas are large, rectangular chambers separated by rows of pillars. They are decorated by sculptures and murals which depict the many incarnations of Buddha.
The Vhharas are rectangular shaped halls. They have series of small cells which are attached on both sides. Opposite to the entrance is an image of Buddha.The caves also include a visual form of the life of Buddha and interesting stories from Jatakas.
The Ellora Caves are listed in the world-heritage list. They are located about 30 km from Aurangabad.
The Kailash Temple of the Ellora caves is the most attractive and masterpiece of the creator. The Kailash temple in the Ellora caves is one of the world’s largest and massive sculpture. It was curved out of a rock with the help of 7000 laborers and took nearly 150 years to complete. The shrines are a mix or both Hindu and Jain faiths. Cave number 32 is famous for a glorious Yakshi statue and beautiful ceiling paintings.
Day 4 Aurangabad – Mumbai by morning train
After breakfast transfer to Rly Station for train to Mumbai ( 6.45 hrs journey). On arrival Mumbai pick-up and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5 Mumbai
After breakfast sightseeing of Elephanta cave and Mumbai. Overnight at hotel
Sight Seeing In Mumbai:
Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple:The most popular & significant among places of worship is the Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir situated at Prabhadevi. This temple is on the corner of Kakasaheb Gadgil Marg and S.K.Bole Marg in Prabhadevi. Siddhivinayak is famous and known as “Navasacha Ganapati” or “Navasala Pavanara Ganapati” in Marathi (Ganapati bestows whenever humbly genuinely prayed a wish) among devotees. On the forehead of deity is an eye, which almost looks like the third eye of Lord Shiva. On both sides of the Lord Ganesh idol, are placed one idol each of Riddhi and Siddhi goddesses who are appearing like peeping out of the Ganesh idol from behind. Because of these two deities along with Lord Ganesh, this temple is known as the Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple. These goddesses signify sanctity, success, wealth and prosperity.
Gateway Of India:Mumbai's most famous landmark, The Gateway of India, is situated at Apollo Bunder. It was designed by George Wikket. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911.Through this magnificent monument, numerous viceroys and governors were welcomed to India as they disembarked from their steamers, hence the name.
Flora Fountain (Hutatma Chowk):This marvellous fountain was built in 1869, in honor of Sir Henry Bartle and Edward Frere. It is situated in the heart of the Mumbai city at a junction of five streets. The fountain has a figure of "Flora", the Roman Goddess of Flowers at the top.
Mahalaxmi Temple:This temple is situated very close to the sea off Mahalaxmi. This temple has three beautiful images of Hindu goddesses, Mahalaksmi, Mahasaraswati and Mahakali which are made of gold. During Navaratri festival, devoted Hindus throng this temple in great numbers to offer coconut, flowers and sweets to the goddesses.
Chowpatty Beach & Juhu Beach:Chowpatty beach is situated on Marine Drive. This beach is well-known for it's stalls selling "Bhel-Puri and Pani -Puri chat" a favourite fast food among the Mumbaites and visitors to the city. Juhu Beach is the most popular beach in Mumbai which is 30 kms away from the heart of Mumbai. It is a long stretch of sandy beach from Santacruz to Vile-Parle. This is a very popular beach for picnic.
Haji Ali:Haji Ali mosque, and the tomb of a Muslim saint, is located off shore, in the Arabian sea opposite Mahalaxmi temple. During high tide the walkway to the mosque is submerged in the sea and it can be visited only during low tide.
Kamala Nehru Park & Hanging Gardens:The giant Old woman's shoe in the Kamala Nehru Park is very popular with children to play in. One gets a panoramic view of parts of the city from these parks situated at the height of Malabar Hill. When seen at night, the view of street lights of Marine Drive resemble a dazzling bejewelled "Queen's Necklace". At sunset, the waterfall and fountains in the park are lit with colorful lights which are worth seeing. The Hanging Gardens surrounded by beautiful flower beds and lush green lawns are very popular as picnic spots.
Mount Mary Church:This is one of most prominent and splendid churches in Mumbai, situated in Bandra (West). During the month of September a week long fair is held which is attended by the people of all relegions.
Mahalaxmi Race Course:Situated in Mahalaxmi, this racecourse is one of the best in the world. The racing season is for six months from October to April. It attracts huge crowds for heavy betting.
Nehru Planetarium and Science Centre:This Sience Centre is named after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime-Minister. It is situated in Worli. It has a computer laboratory, mobile science exhibition units, a heritage hall, an auditorium, inflatable dome planetarium, science library and a children's science park.The sky-show at the planetarium is very interesting with it's narration, sound effects and slide projections which combines entertainment with education. It has a library containing a large collection of books on astronomy, astrophysics and space sciences.
The Prince of Wales Museum:This museum stands not too far from the Gateway of India. It has a priceless collection of art, sculpture, china and other antics. Carefully presereved, this mid-Victorian Gothic style building built in 1904 with beautiful gardens surrounding it, is worth visiting in Mumbai.
Taraporewala Aquarium:Situated on the Marine Drive, this aquarium has fish in varying shapes, sizes and colour. It's a delight for children as well as grown-ups.
Victoria Gardens (Veermata Jeejabai Bhonsle Udyan):These botanical and zoological gardens have an interesting collection of flora and fauna. Apart from these, it also has a beautiful gateway, an arched architctural screen and a museum building in the Greco-Roman Style. A large stone elephant at the entrance is also worth seeing. These gardens are situated in Byculla.
Essel World- Amusement Park:Essel World is located on Gorai Island. It offers over 40 exciting rides, games, and attractions. The Water Kingdom is said to be the largest of its kind in Asia. This international-style theme park and amusement centre situated close to Gorai Beach is perfect for a one-day holiday. Special ferries get you across to the park and the entrance fee normally takes care of a fixed number of rides, which include the standard roller coaster and adventure themes, plus a water world section where kids can literally run amok. Summer is usually crowded, but the place also offers low budget monsoon packages and special deals on weekends.
Fantasy Land:Located at Jogeshwari, Fantasy Land provides many entertainment rides for those with appetite for adventurous rides. It is another amusement park made up of modern mechanism games for children and adults like Essel World. It is also a venue for fun and games for visitors of all ages. Fantasy Land, a fun park within the city limits of Mumbai, is enveloped in lush green landscape, spread on an area of 30 acres.
Day 6 Mumbai – Goa fly(1hrs Journey) or by day train(8hrs Journey)
After breakfast at hotel on time transfer to airport to flight to Goa. On arrival Goa pick-up and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7 Goa-Full day sightseeing
Full day sightseeing of North Goa. Overnight at hotel
North Goa Tour : The North Goa tour is conducted from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM . We start off with a visit to Fort Aguada. The other places covered include Saligao Church, Bodgeshwar Temple, Mapusa City (famous for its weekly Friday bazaar), Vagator Beach and Anjuna Beach. The trip rounds off with a visit to the Calangute Beach which is close to our resort and then its back to the hotel.
Fort Aguada:The fort was one of the most important places in Goa and the most crucial of all forts in Goa. Today it is being used as a jail. It was built by the Portuguese government in 1612 in order to protect Old Goa from enemy attacks. A spring within the fort supplied water to all the ships that called there.
The Church of Mae de Deus at Saligao: This church is a fine example of gothic architecture. It is located amidst picturesque surroundings at Saligao in Bardez taluka in North Goa. It enshrines the statue of Mae de Deus the literal translation of which is Mother of God. The statue was transferred to Saligao church from the convent at Old Goa.
Temple of Lord Bodgeshwar: Located at Mapusa, this temple is one of the important temples in North Goa.
Mapusa Town: Mapusa is one of the most important towns of Goa and capital of the northern taluka of Bardez. It is well known for its weekly friday bazaar where one can buy an extemely wide variety of items ranging from pottery, plants, decorative items, vegetables and so forth.
Vagator Beach: Vagator beach with cracked rocks surrounding the beach makes it an irresistable sight for the visitor. A thick growth of coconut palms forms an emerald canopy and adds to the beautiful scenery.This beach has the imposing Chapora Fort as its backdrop.
Anjuna Beach : It is a very popular beach among foreign tourists and among the important beaches of Goa. Nowadays more popular for its flea market every wednesday.
Calangute Beach: Calangute Beach, Known as the queen of Goa's beaches lies just a leisurely 3 minute walk from Holiday Street. These beach draws thousand of people every year from all parts of the world. Facilities for water sports and para gliding are available here.
Day 8 Goa-Full day sightseeing
Full day sightseeing of South Goa and the beaches. Overnight at hotel.
South Goa Tour: The South Goa Tour Covers Miramar, Dona Paula, the World Heritage Churches at Old Goa, Mangueshi and Shantadurga temples as well as the Colva Beach. It starts at 8:30 AM and ends at 7:30 PM.
Miramar Beach: Located at Panjim, Goa's capital on the banks of the river Mandovi this is a regular spot for people of in and around Panaji. There are very good facilities for children to play here, the highlight being a giant concrete fish. This beach is very close to the venue of International Film Festival of India. The samadhi of late Dayanand Bandodkar the first Chief Minister of Goa also lies here.
Dona Paula: This beach close to Panjim is well known for its water scootering facilities. A good view of the Marmagoa harbour can be had from here. This is a very scenic location and a popular venue for film shoots.
Basilica of Bom Jesus: The sacred relics of the patron saint of Goa St. Francis Xavier are kept here. The basilica is one the world heritage monuments and of the seven heritage monuments in Goa.
Se Cathedral: This is the largest cathedral in Asia. The Se cathedral has five bells out of which one is the famous Golden Bell which is one the largest in the world.
Mangueshi Temple:This temple is a must visit for tourists. This temple is more than 400 years old. A highlight of this temple is the multi-storied lamp tower.
Shantadurga Temple: Located at Kavlem in Ponda taluka this temple is dedicated to Shantadurga, the godess of peace. It is one of the richest in Goa.
Colva Beach: Famous as the longest beach in Goa, Colva beach is the most popular beach in south Goa. The beach provides plenty of opportunities for shell collectors.
River cruise along Mandovi River: Cruise along the river Mandovi and at the same time you can take a glimse of Goa's varied culture. Lovely traditional song and dance live performances which include the "Corridinho" will entertain you on board.
Goa Dolphin Trips: Take a glimpse of the dolphins at their playful best. Dolphin watching trips are very popular in Goa. Dolphin watching trips are organised in the sea along Goa's Coast right from Palolem in the south to Vagator in the north.The are usually organised by local boat operators most prominently in the sea off Calangute, Candolim as well as Palolem beach. Dolphin watching combined with fishing trips attract a lot of visitors specially from Great Britain as well as Scandinavian countries.
Day 9 Goa-Chennai fly
After breakfast at hotel transfer to airport to flight to Chennai, On arrival Chennai pick-up and proceed for sightseeing. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 Chennai-Full day sightseeing
After breakfast at hotel sightseeing of Chennai. Overnight at hotel.
The full day tour covers Fort St. George, Government Museum, Valluvar Kottam, Snake Park, Kapaleeswarar Temple & Marina Beach. (Govt. Museum will be closed on Fridays instead Birla Planetorium will be covered on that day) (Snake Park is closed on Tuesdays).
Fort St. George: It was originally just a warehouse with a stockade around it. But the establishing of Fort St George in 1639, for all practical purposes, marks the birth of the city. Today the Secretariat building (where the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly is housed
The Government Museum and Art Gallery: The Chennai Museum has a good collection of paintings and sculptures, both traditional and modern.Opened in 1976 in memory of the poet-saint Thiruvalluvar, Valluvar Kottam is a massive auditorium, constructed on reclaimed land from an unused lake filled with the city's garbage and debris. The auditorium can seat up to 4000 people.
The Snake Park: at Guindy, houses a variety of reptiles. Cobras, Pythons, Kraits, Adders, Vipers, Monitor Lizards and giant Turtles are some of the special 'draws' at the Park.
Kapaleeshwarar Temple: Built in the eight-century Pallavan architecture style, the Kapaleeshwar Temple located in Mylapore in Chennai is regarded by the Hindus to be one of the most sacred Hindu sites in the Southern Part of India.
Marina Beach: It is the longest beach in the world after the one in Brazil and is a must visit
Set up in memory of industrialist B. M. Birla, the Planetarium takes visitors on an information-rich journey through space. A 236-seater hemispherical theatre houses a computerised projector that creates a simulated unravelling of the astronomical mysteries. The right place to kick-start amateur night-sky observation as a hobby.
Day 11 Departure
After breakfast at hotel on time departure transfer to airport/Railway Station.