Delhi, Varanasi, Calcutta, Bhubaneswar, Madras, Madurai, Thekkady,
Kumarakom, Cochin, Goa, Bombay
nights in luxury hotels
cuisine with a gourmet emphasis, breakfast each day,
English- speaking guides/tour manager
Splendours of the South
Dates to Suit
There are many Indias.
The Rajasthan always comes first to mind. However, the South
holds beauty and surprises unlike anything to be seen in the North.
It is even more exotic, if that is possible. It is lush, green
and more carefree. Temples, palaces and wildlife strew the surface
of its land- scape. The food is varied and delicious with influences
from the world over.
There is also poverty and
disease; there are traditions and customs that seem strange and
awful to us; there is heart-wrenching beauty and heart-breaking
sadness; there are the warm and friendly people; there is the exotic
air lent by a rich and intricate cultural and religious tapestry.
We visit Calcutta, a dark
hole no more, and a fascinating compendium of colonialism, population,
and progress. As we move deep and then deeper into the South to
experience its variety and richness close at hand, we are often
within view of one coast or the other (the Arabian Sea and the Indian
Ocean), or traveling upon the very waters themselves (the "backwaters"
of Kerala). Even the game viewing in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
is done by boat. And for our grand finale we partake of a sumptuous
barbeque at the edge of the beach in exotic Goa.
There is much to learn and
a very great deal to enjoy. Please join me in the magical discovery
of "the other" India.
One night at the Taj
Mahal Hotel Delhi in superior rooms
with a welcome dinner at Bukhara.
Fly to Varanasi
for one night at the Taj
Ganges Hotel. Our sightseeing will include an evening
visit to the River Ganges waterfront to witness the Aarti ceremony,
the festival of lights. The next morning, after an early morning
boat ride visit the Vishwanath Temple and the old bazaars. Later
drive to Sarnath, the site of the Buddha's first sermon.
Fly to Calcutta,
the showpiece capital of the Raj, for three nights at
Bengal Hotel. A full day of sightseeing is followed
by a day at leisure to rest, explore and shop. The following morning
visit Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, St. Paul's cathedral
and much more.
Fly to Bhubaneswar
for two nights at the Oberoi
Two days of sightseeing here include a visit to Puri and the famous
Jagannath Temple, the village of Pipili, the Sun Temple at Konark,
and the distinctive temples of Bhubaneswar.
Fly to Madras
for two nights at Fisherman's
Cove . See Mamallapuram, the 7th century city known
as a sculptor's delight, followed by an afternoon exploration of
Madras, home of the ancient Dravidian civilization.
Fly to Madurai
for one night at the Taj
Garden Retreat. Here we will visit one of the largest
temple complexes in India.
Drive to Thekkady
where we spend one night at the Taj
Garden Retreat, situated close to the Periyar Wildlife
Sanctuary which we will explore.
to Kumarakom for one night at the Taj
Garden Retreat, our departure point for the back
Nest day we
take a houseboat along the back waters of Kerala
to Cochin where we stay two nights at the Taj
Malabar . A full day of sightseeing ends with cocktails
and dinner on a private boat.
Fly to Goa
where we luxuriate for two nights at the Taj
Exotica. After a day of leisure the next morning
we visit Velha Goa, now a world heritage site, with its extraordinary
churches and convents. An afternoon at leisure is followed by cocktails
and a seafood dinner by the beach.
Fly to Bombay
for a day of sightseeing and one night at the historic
Mahal Hotel, where we end the trip with an evening
of cocktails and dinner at the Tanjore Restaurant with entertainment
by Indian classical dancers.
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