Day 01: Arrive Mumbai
Upon arrival at Mumbai International airport meet with our representative at the airport arrival lounge, as he will be holding a placard of your names. After meet and greet transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02: Mumbai - Aurangabad (Train depart at 16:35 PM and arrives at 23:40 PM)
Today we will go for half day city sightseeing tour of Mumbai visiting Gateway of India, one of Mumbai’s most famous landmarks. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar in 1911. Next you will visit the Prince of Wales Museum, which was built between 1904 and 1914 and was used as a hospital during World War I. The huge structure can be spotted from a distance as sunshine sparkles on its massive marble dome. The museum houses a priceless collection of art that is considered to be one of the best in all India. It includes a rich display of miniature paintings, ancient sculptures, jade, china and much more. We drive past University of Bombay, High Court of Bombay. You will also visit the Banganga and Hanging Gardens, which are located on the crest of Malabar Hill. The gardens are a welcome oasis of green in a city built almost entirely of concrete and cement. Next you will drive through the residential area of Mumbai’s rich and famous on Malabar Hill. You will also visit the renowned city laundry called Dhobi Ghat, the Gandhi Memorial Museum and Jain Temple.
Later in the evening transfer to the railway station to board the a/c sleeper train to Aurangabad. Upon arrival at Aurangabad railway station meet with our representative and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 03: Aurangabad - Ajanta - Aurangabad
Morning after an early breakfast we will proceed to visit Ajanta Caves - they are cut from the volcanic lavas of the Deccan trap in a steep crescent - shaped hillside in a forested ravine of the sahyadri hills, These caves are older than those at Ellora consisting of 24 monasteries and temples hewn out of solid rack. The wall paintings and frescoes of these caves are a wealth of colors, Proceed to Civic - cum - Cultural Complex, a gallery of local art and crafts and shopping complex. (Ajanta caves is closed on Monday).
Later return to Aurangabad for overnight stay.
Day 04: Aurangabad - Hyderabad (Train depart at 22:45 PM)
After fresh-n-up we will proceed for an excursion to Ellora caves. The caves are over 2000 years old and consist of temples and monasteries hewn from rocks by Buddhist, Hindu and Jains monks and craftsmen, Later in the afternoon enjoy a half day city tour of Aurangabad, visiting the Mini Taj, built by Azam Shah in 1678, the Bibi Ka Maqbara is a son’s loving tribute to the memory of his mother, Begum Rabia Durrani, the queen of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
Later in the evening transfer to the railway station to board the a/c sleeper train for Hyderabad. Overnight stay on board.
Day 05: Arrive Hyderabad (Train arrives at 08:55 PM)
Upon arrival at Hyderabad railway station, meets with our representative and transfer to the hotel. After fresh-n-up we will visit the famous Charminar it is a rectangular four arched monumental Gate often described as the - The Arch of Triumph of the East. The Charminar Situated in the heart of the old walled city, this edifice is the best known land mark with bustling bazaars all round, where a variety of articles like pearls, jewelry, bangles, chandeliers, silks are displayed. It was built in 1591 A.D. by Quli Shah, as a form of talisman to ward off the dreaded epidemic that was ravaging the city.
Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 06: Hyderabad - Chennai (Train depart at 18:30 PM)
Morning after breakfast we will visit Golconda Fort. Golconda Fort is situated on the Western outskirts of Hyderabad. The fort built in the 13th century, served the kings as a bhold, Administrative Centre and Market Place. See the expansive Roof Gardens. Also visit the Tombs of Qutub Shahi Kings in a beautiful domed Mausoleum surrounded by Gardens. The tombs follow certain pattern with Hindu style ornamentation, while important ones have their own Mosques.
Later we will proceed to visit Ramoji film city to get the glimpse of Indian films Studio and few of its garden like, Askari Garden, Japanese-Garden, Sun-Fountain-Garden, Mughal-Garden, Sanctuary-Garden, Angel's-Fountain-Garden etc.
Later in the evening transfer to the railway station to board the train for Chennai. Overnight stay on board.
Day 07: Arrive Chennai (Train arrives at 08:15 AM)
Upon arrival at Chennai airport meet with our representative and transfer to the hotel. After fresh-n-up we will go for Chennai city sightseeing visiting its museum to see the Art and Bronze Gallery (Closed on Fridays and Public holidays). Also drive through the Flower and Fruit market, High court, Fort museum, Marina Beach and Santhome Cathedral.
In the evening return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 08: Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Trichy (Train depart at 22:30 PM)
Today we will have day excursion to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipura.
Kanchipuram, 70 kms west of Mahabalipuram which is a city of thousand temples. One of the seven sacred cities of Hindus, it was the capital of the early Cholas as far back as the 2nd century BC. Kanchi was a major seat of Tamil learning as well as an important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists, Jains and Hindus. A part from temples, the city is also famous for its silk weavers, who settled here some 400 years ago and have given it an enviable reputation.
Later on we shall proceed to Mahabalipuram, driving south of Chennai on the coast which is the ancient port of Pallavas. The pallavas have created many marvellous monuments with sculptural panels, caves, Monolithic Rathas and Temples. Krishna Mandapam has a big bas relief, notable for its realistic representation. The world's largest bas relief measuring 27m x 9m, whale back shaped rock contains figures of gods, demi-gods, men beasts, birds and representation of the entire creation. Shore Temple, one of the oldest in south dating back to 8th century AD is a good example of the first phase of structural temples constructed in Dravidian style. The Five Rathas are a group of five monolithic temples, each created in different style.
Later in the evening transfer to the railway station to board the a/c sleeper train for Trichy. Overnight stay on board.
Day 09: Arrive Trichy (Train arrives at 05:30 AM)
Upon arrival at Trichy railway station meet with our representative and transfer to the hotel. After fresh-n-up visit Srirangam, which is an island, 5 kms from Trichy. Surrounded by the Kaveri water is a 600 acres island town enclosed within the seven walls on the gigantic Sri Ranganathaswamy temple. There are no less than 22 gopurams, one of which is the tallest in India. The 72 m high 13 tiered gopuram dominates the landscape for miles around. The Rock Fort situated on the banks of the Kaveri River, Trichy's most famed land mark is an 84 m high rock, one of the oldest in the world approx. 3,800 million years. The attraction is not for fort itself but the temple at the summit. 344 steps hewn out of rock lead to the top where are the inscriptions dating back to the 3rd century B.C.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 10: Trichy - Thanjavur - Madurai
Today we will leave for Madurai, en-route visit Thanjavur. The home of Carnatic music, musical instruments, dance and traditional handicrafts, Tanjore (Thanjavur) is famous for the Brahadeeswarar Temple. The temple constructed more than a thousand years ago by the Chola King Raja Rajan is an architect's marvel. The Art Gallery and the Saraswathi Mahal Library are also well known places of interest.
Further continue drive to Madurai. Upon arrival check into the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 11: Madurai
After breakfast we will go for full day city sightseeing tour of Madurai. Madurai, known as Athens of the East, is the second largest city on the banks of the River Vaigai. The city is believed to be more than 2500 years old. The city got its name from the drops of nectar (Mathuram) that fell from Shiva's lochs when he came to bless its people for constructing a temple for him. Madurai where the people wake up at the chant of hymns is proud of the magnificent Meenakshi-Sundareswara Temple. Of its 12 gopurams, four of the tallest stand at the outer walls of the temple. The 48.8 m high southern gopuram is the most spectacular and have over 1500 sculptures. In the Astha Shakthi Mandapam inside the Meenakshi temple, the sculpted pillars tell the story of the beautiful princess of Madurai and her marriage to Lord Shiva. Evening transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Madurai - Thekkady
After breakfast leave for Periyar. Upon arrival arrival check into the hotel. You may opt for a pleasant boat ride along the Periyar Lake in the evening. Enjoy watching varied birds and animals like tigers, elephants, wild boar, deer, etc at the Periyar (Thekkady) National Park. You can also visit a few tribal villages around Periyar and witness fascinating activities of tribal collecting honey from dangerous hill bees. Evening transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Thekkady - Cochin
If evening boat ride is not possible, then we will enjoy morning boat ride on Periyar lake for wildlife viewing. Return to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast leave for Cochin, the capital city of Cochin and gateway to south India. Upon arrival check into the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 14: Cochin - Bangalore (Train depart at 20:40 PM)
Today we will have full day guided tour of Cochin, - the commercial capital and the most cosmopolitan city of Kerala. Visiting The Dutch Palace, Synagogue, the famous Chinese fishing nets.
Afternoon free to go around to explore it spice market or enjoy some local shopping. Later in the evening transfer to the railway station to board the a/c sleeper train for Bangalore. Overnight stay on board.
Day 15: Arrive Bangalore (Train arrive at 08:03 AM)
Upon arrival at Bangalore railway station meet with our representative and transfer to the hotel. After fresh-n-up we will go for sightseeing of this "Garden City". We will visit the Lal Bagh with a variety of old trees, fountains, lotus pools, terraces & an assortment of tropical and sub-tropical herbs. Further visit to the Maharaja's Palace and Government Buildings. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 16: Bangalore - Mysore
After breakfast leave for Mysore. Upon arrival check into the hotel. After fresh-n-up we will go for city sightseeing of this ancient princely city, famous for its silks, sandalwood and various palaces, among which the largest palace in India, built in Indo-Persian style in 1900. Visit an art gallery and the Chamundeshwari Temple dedicated to the goddess Kali on Chamundi Hill, from which you have a panoramic view of the city. You will also visit Somnathpur, famous for the temple of Keshava. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 17: Mysore - Bangalore
Morning after breakfast leave for Bangalore. En-route one can visit Srirangapatnam, famous for the Tipu Sultan's former capital. Srirangapatnam is a picturesque island in the Cauvery River. The biggest of the three islands in the River Cauvery, it is about 5 km long and 2 km wide.
Further continue drive to Bangalore. Upon arrival check into the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 18: Bangalore - Departure
Transfer to the international airport to board the train for onward destination.
Tour & services Ends.