Goa is India's premier beach resort and perhaps one of the few destinations in the world where you will find the most alluring combination of the sun, sand and surf. Nestled in the Sahayadri Range in the Western Ghats with the Arabian Sea on its west, this small beautiful coastal state commands an important place in every tourist's itinerary. Goan beaches are among the finest beaches in the world and are equipped with the best of facilities for a memorable beach holiday. Here you can dance on the sands with a glass of Feni or beer while having a mid night bonfire on the beach or go shopping around by the beachside markets.
Enhance your appetite with some exotic cuisine or become adventurous with a range of water sports facilities. The magical spirit of Goa extends beyond the sun, sand and the sea. Being the favorite haunt of the sea faring Portuguese, Goa reflects a fine blend of Indian and European culture. The sight of European style central squares and Indian bazaars, Gothic Churches alongside Hindu temples and villages and Mediterranean hamlets surrounded by green paddy fields is enough to pamper you to visit the place again and again.
Calangute Beach -"Queen of Beaches", the Calangute, Goa is a heaven for the hippies from the west, who discovered it in the late 60s…. known all over the world for its scenic beauty. Its pristine surroundings and blissful serenity have brought hoards of European tourists to the place year after year. Calangute has been considered as the most busiest and commercialized tourist spot in Goa today. The beach is also a perfect site for various water sport activities.
Basilica of Bom Jesus - This 16 th century chapel is one of the richest churches in Goa. Covered with marble and inlaid with precious stones and paintings depicting the life of St. Francis Xavier. The basilica was India's first Minor Basilica, and is considered one of the best examples of baroque architecture in the country. St. Francis's body was brought to Goa almost 150 years after his death, which now lies in an airtight glass coffin, placed inside a silver casket in this church.
Goan Carnival - Goa is at its best during the Carnival as this is the time when the streets come alive with full color. Continuous singing, dancing, loud music, historical plays, lots to eat, floats and processions mark the week long Carnival of Goa. Goan Carnival begins just before the Lent season (during the month of February to March) but preparations for this grand Carnival starts from January itself.
Anjuna Beach - Anjuna beach is one of the most celebrated Goan beaches, known for its palm trees, soft sands and bewitching natural beauty. The beach is also famous for the full-moon parties that are held here for young tourists particularly during Christmas and New Year.
There lies a major shopping hang out by the side of the beach and visitors can also have a day trip to the famous flea market while enjoying the sun, sand and the sea at Anjuna.
Colva - Colva is the oldest and the largest beach in South Goa. It is a place ideal for those who want to celebrate the tropical flavor of Goa minus the crowd. At Colva visitors have infinite time to laze around with just the murmurs of the waves to disturb. Just a few distance away from the beach is The Church of Our Lady Of Mercy, famous for its miracle statue of Menino Jesus.
Dona Paula - Filled with romance and myth, Dona Paula is a paradise for water sports lovers. It indulge you in sports like windsurfing, parasailing, water-skiing, toboggan ski-biscuit, skibob, sports fishing, snorkeling, harpoon fishing, kayaking, and yachting on the beach. While water scooters and speedboats buzz across the bay guides will intimate you on the woeful tale of a star crossed maiden who fell in love with a handsome man below her status.
Kerala enjoys the most coveted geographical position in the southwestern tip of Indian peninsula. It is a 560 km long narrow stretch of green land, blessed with myriad tropical features. With the Arabian Sea in the west, the towering Western Ghats in the East and a network of serene rivers , Kerala surely deserves the best gift of nature and so has been rightly referred as "God's Own Country". The combination of beaches, backwaters, plantations, hills and house boats, great food, culture, exotic wildlife and rejuvenation therapies make Kerala really a world destination that challenges even the most discerning nature lover.
The tranquil Kerala backwaters are the epitome of rustic beauty and elegance, and a boat trip (Ketuvalum) across the Backwaters is an experience of a lifetime. While being the most favored tourist destination in Asia, Kerala is also India's most advanced society with 100 per cent literacy rate, highest living ratio, highest density of since and technology personnel. It is also the cleanest and most peaceful state.
Kochi - Kochi is a busy port city, famous for the Chinese fishing nets in its harbor, the Jewish synagogue, St Francis Church, the Dutch Palace at Matancherry, Fort Cochin and the Santa Cruz Basilica. The harbor here forms an attractive sight with ships, people and tourists coming together to ensure there's never a dull moment.
Palakkad - It is the land of misty monuments with its ever green tropical forests, dams, wild life sanctuaries, rivers, rare birds and animals, historical monuments, places of worship and traditional Ayurvedic treatment centers.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary - Nestled on the bank of the Periyar Lake, this thick green canopy of moist deciduous forests and Savannah grasslands is one of the most fascinating wildlife reserves in the country. Home to elephants, sambars, tigers, gaurs, lion-tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs. To watch wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake is a unique experience at Periyar.
Kovalam - The small village of Kovalam is one of the most popular beach hangouts in Kerala. The beaches here are ranked amongst the finest beaches of the world. Situated 18 km from the capital Trivandrum, the palm fringes bays of Kovalam, in secluded coconut groves are full of holiday activities like sun bathing, Swimming, Ayurvedic Rejuvenation, Yoga and meditation, Herbal body toning massages, Special Cultural Programmes, Catamaran cruising and more.
Backwaters - Your holiday in Kerala is incomplete without a boat ride through the tranquil backwaters. Sailing through the calm palm-fringed waterways that connect villages along the coast is an experience of a lifetime. During the ride you come across through magnificent Chinese fishing nets, Stops are made at small settlements where people live on carefully cultivated narrow spits of land only a few metres wide, and there's the chance to see traditional boats with huge sails, and prows carved into the shape of dragons
Day 01: Cochin
Arrive Cochin. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Cochin including The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry is renowned for its wall murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana. The Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town. The St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. The Santa Cruz Basilica, originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese. The Chinese fishing nets are huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have brought to Kochi by Chinese traders. Finally, the Willingdon Island, named after Lord Willingdon, is the headquarters of the Southern Naval Command of India.
Day 02: Cochin - Periyar
Morning drive on a scenic route dotted with plantations of rubber, cardamom, cocoa, green pepper and areca nut, to the wildlife reserve at Periyar. Arrive Periyar and check – in at hotel. Rest of the day free for walk around in the peaceful town known for various Spice and coffee plantations
Day 03 : Periyar - Munnar
Early morning enjoy a boat ride on Lake Periyar to see wild elephants. Afternoon drive to Munnar, the famous hill station of Kerala. Arrive Munnar and check – in at hotel.
Day 04 : Munnar
In Munnar Day is free to relax and to walk around. Munnar is situated near the Anaimudi Peak, the highest peak in the Western Ghats.
Day 05 : Munnar - Kumarakom
Morning drive to Kumarakom near Kottayam and stay in one of the backwater resorts. The panoramic backwaters here offer an ideal retreat to enjoy nature at its best.
Day 06 : Kumarakom - Alleppey
Morning drive a short distance before switching over to a boat for a through many canals and waterways up to Alleppey. The backwater cruise in a country boat is the best way to explore the villages and rural life. In Alleppey you will be taken aboard your floating houseboat, a different boat with a bedroom and en-suite rest room for your comfort. Enjoy unlimited surfing on backwaters, sip a coconut, get disturbed by only the chirping of birds and occasional ripples in water and savor mouthwatering delicacies prepared in front of you by your Kitchen crew. Spend the night on board the houseboat. Enjoy a cruise on the backwater through a maze of canals and lagoons and enjoy freshly caught fresh water fish cooked to your taste on board.
Day 07 : Alleppey - Trivandrum
Morning board your transport for an interesting drive to Trivandrum. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Trivandrum, visiting the ancient temple of Sri Padmanabhaswamy is one of the major attractions in the city of Thiruvananthapuram. Napier Museum was built in 1880 and shows a harmonious blending of Kerala, Mughal, Chinese and Italian architectural styles. Sri Chitra Art Gallery has a good collection Tanjore, Mughal, and Rajput schools of art. The Zoo in Thiruvananthapuram has many shady and delightful walks.
Day 08 : Trivandrum - Excursion
Full day return excursion to Cape Camorin, the southernmost part of the Indian mainland. Visit the Vivekananda Memorial which is built about 400 metres offshore.
Day 09 : Trivandrum
Transfer to airport for return flight.
Known as the Valley of Glaciers, Manali on the northern edge of the Kullu Valley is one of the most popular hill resorts in India. The major treasure of Manali is its proximity to the snow clad peaks. With the Beas River flowing by its side and the superb view of the perennial snow covered mountains, Manali transports travel-weary tourists into the exalted heights of the Himalayas. Manali is also a popular honeymoon destination and focal point for numerous treks and mountaineering expeditions into the Soland Velley and over the Rohtang Pass into Lahual-Spiti.
Hadimba Temple - Located in the middle of a forest, this 16 the century temple is built like a pagoda and famous for its exquisitely carved wooden doorways. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Hadimba, but no idol is enshrined and only a footprint on a stone is kept within. It is believed that Hadimba Goddess has been humanized by the people and made their own.
Vashist - Nestled on the left bank of River Beas, Vashist is renowned for its hor water springs and temples. It is a place where the water of hot sulphur springs renowned for their medicinal qualities has been piped into baths-including private deluxe ones. Here you can visit the Pyramidal stone temple dedicated to Vashist Muni and also the Temple of Lord Rama.
Jagatsukh - Jagatsukh, in the midst of a picturesque village, is famous for very old temples of Lord Shiva and Sandhya Gayatri. Here the elegant Gauri Shankar shrine built in the 8th century is the earliest surviving stone temple in the area.
Solang Valley - This splendid valley between Solang village and Beas Kund, offers the best view of glaciers and snow capped mountains. Generally recognize as the adventure country, it is the most sought after destination for numerous adventure activities. The valley also houses the Mountaineering Institute, which has installed a ski lift for training purpose. The skiing festival during winter is one of the most important attractions here.
Rohtang Pass - Located 51 km from Manali, the pass forms the gateway to Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and Leh valley just as Zojila pass is a gateway to Ladakh. The location offers skiing, trekking opportunity with a highest altitude of 4112 meters. The pass affords a wide spread Panoramic view of the mountain serenity, almost directly opposite the well defined Sonepani Glacier slightly left to the twin peaks of the Geypan.
Day 01: Delhi
Assistance on arrival and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Delhi - Shimla
By covering train
Day 03: Shimla
After breakfast proceed to shimla tour Sight seeing of Lakkar Bazar,The ridge, Jakhoo, The Glen , Prospect hill and Kamna Devi.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Shimla- Manali
By covering road Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Manali
Morning breakfast proceed to manali Sight seeing of hadimba temple, Manu Temple, Vashisth.
Day 06: Manali – Chandigarh
Sighting in Chandigarh.
Day 07: Chandigarh - Delhi
Transfer to Delhi & transfer to International airport for onward Journey.
Rajasthan has long represented the exoticism of India to the western world. But it also qualifies as one of the most romantic destinations in India. With the stunning Thar Desert as its backdrop, it is a land of fascinating history and unbridled colours. Just as you step into a bazaar, you're caught in an endless swirl of sights and smells…something so typically Indian. The seat of Indian royalty, it is also renowned for its legendary hospitality and warmth.
Imagine staying at a heritage fort or palace, basking in luxury with a personal butler in tow or sipping on a cocktail while viewing a spectacular sunset over the desert. Not to mention a boat ride on the crystal clear waters of the Pichola in Udaipur or being a royal guest at the Darbar of a Maharajah. For a dash of adventure there's desert camping or trailing the tiger at the Ranthambhore National Park. If history, culture and luxury appeals to you, then Rajasthan can be a heady experience.
Best Season to Visit:
The Indian winter months from November to March are traditionally considered to be the best months to visit Rajasthan with clear blue skies, a warm sun during the day and cold desert nights. The hotel rates are also the highest at this time. Summer months of April, May and June are hot with day temperatures rising to 45deg C. The monsoons (from July to September) are sparse as you move closer to the Thar Desert and as you move away from the desert you get monsoonal showers which bring the day temperatures down. It's a good time to travel in Rajasthan if you want to avail of off-season rates and stay in some of the grand Havelis and Palaces that may seem overtly priced during the winter months.
The main towns of Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner see large crowds of tourists but off-beat places like Samode, Mandawa, Luni, Manvaar, Khimsar and Rohet also offer unique experiences.