Destinations covered: New Delhi | Lucknow | Lumbini | Kushinagar | Patna | Vaishali | Bodh Gaya | Varanasi
A young prince Siddharth Gautam was born in Lumbini grove; grew up in Kapilvastu amidst luxury and splendor; At the age of 29 he renounced the domestic life and left all the earthly distraction behind, to begin his quest for the true meaning of life - asearch thatleft him dark & emaciated due to severe austerities and self-mortification. After six years of wandering Siddharth selected a place in Bodhgaya for his meditation and attained "Nirvana or Enlightenment" under the sacred Bodhi tree - to become Buddha. In the fabled deer park at Sarnath, the Buddha preached his first sermon. He then travelled widely preaching his philosophy. At the age of 80, in the forest of Kushinagar, he entered the state of perfect tranquility - and attained "Mahaparinirvana".
To unravel the complex truths of life, we follow the footsteps of Lord Buddha and cover the Sacred Sites associated with him - Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Kushinagar, Sravasti, Vaishali and Kapilvastu.
Destinations covered: New Delhi | Ahemdabad | Patan, Gujarat | Bhuj | Gondal | SasanGir | Junagarh | Somnath | Bhavnagar | Palitana | Lothal, Gujarat | Diu
The west coast state of Gujarat has a long and varied history and a great number of interesting places to visit. Lothal - asite of Indus Valley Civilisation city over 4000 years ago; Sasangir - the last home of Asian lions, Hilltop Jain temple complex of Palitana; Ahmedabad - Displaying a fine example of Indo - Saracenic architectural style; Dasada - having a thriving population of the endangered Asiatic wild Ass, and situated at the fringe ofLittle Rann of Kutch that produces 60% of total salt consumed in India - hence called ‘salt pan of India’; isolated but colourful Banni villages of Kutch-Bhuj - still preserve their local customs & traditions.
Destinations covered: New Delhi | Varanasi | Khajuraho | Orcha | Gwalior | Agra | Jaipur | Fatehpur Sikri
It covers the places like Varanasi - one of the ‘oldest living city’ in the world;Sarnath - where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon;Khajuraho - an epic chiseled exquisitely in stone; Orcha - a medieval town frozen in time; Agra – the home of world’s most enduring memorial of love - the TajMahal,& elegant Agra Fort; Jaipur - a city teeming with the myriad colours of rainbow; and Delhi - one of the few capitals in the world with record number of historic monuments.
Destinations covered: Mumbai | Bangalore | Mysore | Hassan | Shravanabelagola | Belur | Halebidu | Hampi | Badami | Pattadakal | Aihole | Vijayapura | Kalaburagi | Hyderabad | Bidar
Grandeur of the crumbling granite structures of Hampi still exudes an irresistible aura of power, wealth and beauty of medieval India’s Vijayanagar Empire. It is now a World Heritage Site along with the temple complex of Pattadakal & Aihole - the earliest surviving Hindu structural temples from which temple architecture has developed & blossomed, i.e. in Northern Nagara and Southern Dravida schools of temple building; Shravanabelagola - Asia's tallest monolithic statue stands atop the Vindhyagiri hill; GolGumbaz in Bijapur is the biggest in India and the IInd largest unsupported dome in the world; Belur & Helebid temple complexes are the finest examples of Hoysala architecture - where every inch of walls & pillars is filled with intricate sculptural details and endless variety of depictions from Hindu mythology, animals, birds and dancing figures. Yet no two sculptures of the temple are same.
Destinations covered: Cochin | Munnar | Periyar | Kumarakom | Alleppey | Kovalam | Trivandrum
The South India tour covers the extreme southern states of Tamil Nadu & Kerala. The first part of the tour gives an insight of the early Dravidian kingdoms of Kanchipuram, Thanjavur& Madurai - homes of Dravidian art & culture, characterised best by the amazingly ornate temples with their soaring towers known as gopurmas; Mahabalipuram is world famous for its shore temples; Pondicherry - formerly French colony and famous of ShriAurobindo Ashram; The second part of the tour enters Kerala, to visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary with herds of wild elephants and surrounding villages with plantation of cardamom, coffee and pepper; enjoy a night in houseboat floating on scenic Vembanad Lake through to stunning backwaters to Alleppy - extolled by travellers as the 'Venice of The East'; Kochi - renowned as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea', was once a major centre for commerce and trade.
Destinations covered: Bhubaneswar | Konark | Puri | Chilka
This tour is an introduction to the exotic state of Orissa - on the East Coast of India along the Bay of Bengal Sea, where you will be visiting the world famous Heritage monuments, sea beach and Eastern Ghats - the rocky hill terrain where most of the Orissa’s highlander tribes live, and who still reject the mainland influence and have preserved their social customs, living style, language, dialect and theological values. Bhubaneswar is a city of temples dated from 8th to 13th C.; Architecturally splendid Konark Sun Temple is noted for its sculptures; Puri, one of the four holiest cities in India revolves around the great Jagannath Temple; Chilika Lake is one the largest brackish - water lakes noted for many migratory birds.
This tour can be combined with Delhi - Varanasi - Kolkata - Bhubaneswar or Kolkata - Bhubaneswar - Chennai (South India Tour).
Destinations covered: New Delhi | Agra | Jaipur | Fatehpur Sikri | Mandawa | Bikaner | Jaisalmer | Jodhpur | Udaipur
Western Indian state of Rajasthan is regarded as the most colourful region that boasts of a wide variety of attractions to suit all traveller... massive forts & charming palaces - showing a fine legacy of Indo-Saracenic architecture;richly carved temples; fairs & festivals - that come alive with mesmerizing folk dances;a varied topography - semi arid & desert land with sand dunes to the heavily forested world’s oldest Aravali hill range; wildlife parks & sanctuaries - showcasing the abundant natural splendor; art & craft with magnificent colors to counters the somewhat barren landscape of the state.
Destinations covered: Chennai | Mahabalipuram | Kanchipuram | Pondicherry | Tanjore | Trichy | Madurai | Periyar | Kumarakom | Alleppey | Kochi
The South India tour covers the extreme southern states of Tamil Nadu & Kerala. The first part of the tour gives an insight of the early Dravidian kingdoms of Kanchipuram, Thanjavur & Madurai - homes of Dravidian art & culture, characterised best by the amazingly ornate temples with their soaring towers known as gopurmas; Mahabalipuram is world famous for its shore temples; Pondicherry - formerly French colony and famous for Shri Aurobindo Ashram; The second part of the tour enters Kerala, to visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary with herds of wild elephants and surrounding villages with plantation of cardamom, coffee and pepper; enjoy a night in houseboat floating on scenic Vembanad Lake through to stunning backwaters to Alleppy - extolled by travellers as the 'Venice of The East'; Kochi - renowned as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea', was once a major centre for commerce and trade.