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Where can I find the best Leh Ladakh tour package?

December 10, 2018 by Excursion2india  

Planning a trip is difficult, isn’t it? As an avid traveller, I can understand how difficult it is to go on a trip and this is the reason why I always opt for holiday packages.

Good tour packages include most travel components like – tickets, accommodation, food, sightseeing, etc. What makes opting for tour packages more beneficial is that they fixed departure dates and itineraries. But, with a number of travel agencies offering different holiday packages, choosing one which caters to your travelling needs can indeed be a bit challenging. Keeping in mind a few vital considerations when looking for tour packages is thus important.

Here are 5 vital factors I consider when selecting my holiday package.

1. Check The Reputation Of The Travel Agent

Ensure the agent you are planning to select has a proven record of offering comprehensive Ladakh tour packages from Kolkata. Visit his website to get a better idea about the travel agent. Also, consider reading the online reviews posted by travellers who have booked their packages in the past and go through the testimonials.

2. Find Out What’s Included In The Tour Package

One aspect you should definitely keep in mind when choosing a travel agency is to inquire about what’s included in their tour package. Clarify if you will have to pay additional charges for taking optional meals or going on attractions. Remember; these can add up and drive up the costs significantly.

3. Inquire About The Terms And Conditions

Before booking any tour package, you must read, understand and clarify each of the terms and conditions. This is especially important for refunds and cancellations. Furthermore, make sure all verbal agreements are put in writing before you make the payment.

4. Learn More About The Itinerary

Another factor you should keep in mind is to find out about the itinerary. Ask the travel agent to explain you the tour itinerary in detail. For example, if you are going on a 3 nights and 4 days trips, find out the places which shall be explored and the activities you will do during the trip.

5. Ask About The Facilities

A good package is one which comes with a range of excellent facilities. From comfortable accommodation in a good hotel and delicious meals to emergency medical facilities and pick-up and drop-off facilities, the agency must offer you a range of great amenities.

Keeping the above considerations in mind, I opted for Excusrsion2India’s affordable Ladakh tour packages from Kolkata. So, what are you still here for? It’s time you book the best tour package for a memorable Leh Ladakh trip!

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Himachal Pradesh Tour packages

December 7, 2018 by Excursion2india  

he land of adventures and surreal beauty, Himachal Pradesh is the dreamland for nature enthusiasts and mountain lovers. It is the spectacular abode of snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, deep river valleys and hilly terrains. While honeymoon couples can wander in Shimla and Manali, solo travellers can find solace in Mcleaodganj and Kasol. No matter whether you are an adventure seeker or a nature lover, book Himachal Pradesh tour packages from Kolkata at Excursion2India and embark on an exciting tour this season.

Places To Visit During Himachal Pradesh Tour

  • ShimlaHimachal Pradesh Tour Packages

The beautiful capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is one of the most attractive hill stations in India. During the British era, the city served as the summer capital of India. It is home to some spectacular colonial buildings like Christ Church and Viceregal Lodge.

  • Manali

Situated in Beas River Valley, Manali is another popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh. It is the place to be for adventurous activities like mountain biking, trekking, river rafting, paragliding and climbing.

  • Dalhousie

Located on the edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas, Dalhousie is a hill station surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The Britishers developed it as a summer resort for their troops during the tenure of Lord Dalhousie.

Solang Valley – a lovely place to visit during a trip to Himachal Pradesh

Why Choose Our Himachal Pradesh Tour Packages?

  • Great holiday packages at affordable prices
  • Wide range of Himachal Pradesh tour packages to choose from
  • Guaranteed customer satisfaction
  • Leading travel agency with a strong reputation in the industry
  • Customised tour packages which cater to the needs of a traveller

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Kerala Beaches for Tourist

December 4, 2018 by Excursion2india  

Places Covered: Cherai Beach (1night) – Alleppey (2nights) – Kollam (1night) – Kovalam Beach (2nights) – Poovar(1night) – Kanyakumari (1night)
No. of days: 8nights/9days

Detailed Itinerary:

Cherai Beach

Day 1: Kochi – Cherai Beach: Arrive in Kochi and straightaway drive to Cherai beach. This is located at the north end of Vypeen Island in Ernakulam district, a little more than 35km from Kochi, and a drive of a little more than an hour. Check into a hotel or resort on reaching at Cherai Beach.

Lined with coconut tree and green paddy fields, Cherai is a unique combination of sea and the backwaters. You can enjoy swimming, surfing and sunbathing at this picturesque beach, which is almost 15km long. You can also walk to the Munabam beach, situated at the northern end of Cherai Beach (2km). This is where River Periyar flows into the Arabian Sea.

Have dinner at your hotel. Overnight at Cherai beach hotel/resort.

Day 2: Cherai Beach – Alleppey: Enjoy a lovely sunrise at Cherai beach. Have breakfast and check out from the hotel. Drive to Alleppey, a drive of close to 2.5hours. Check into a hotel or resort on arrival in Alleppey. Immediately after settling in the hotel go out and board a private houseboat for a lunch cruise on the famous Vembanad Lake. Spend a few hours cruising on the backwaters, the waterways which has brought the epithet ‘Venice of the East’ for Alleppey. Disembark from the boat late in the afternoon.

Enjoy a sumptuous and unique Kerala style cooked dinner. Overnight in Alleppey.

Houseboat in Alleppey, Kerala

Day 3: Alleppey: After breakfast at the hotel embark on a full day sightseeing of Alleppey. Start with the beach in Alleppey, situated quite close to the city. Beach looks quite beautiful even though it is generally quite busy on weekends and public holidays. There is a public park, with lots of games and rides, made quite close to the beach. There is a lighthouse also located a little inland to the beach. This lighthouse, built in 1862, has a museum attached to it. You can enjoy good views of the sea if you can climb more than 300 stairs to reach its top.

There are quite a few old temples in Alleppey. These are not just places of religious importance, but also of architectural importance. Some such temples are Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna TempleSree Subramanya Swami Temple, and Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple. Go and visit St. Andrew’s Basilica Arthunkal, a 16th century built church, which is revered by the locals for its famous bleeding statue of St. Sebastian and healing powers of the church. Close to this Church is another fabulous beach Andhakaranazhi Beach.

Return to the hotel or go to a restaurant in the city. Have a nice dinner and retire to your room for an overnight sleep.

Chinese Fishing Net on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake in Kollam

Day 4: Alleppey – Kollam: Check out after breakfast and drive to Kollam, also called Quilon. This is a drive of close to three hours. Check into a hotel on reaching Kollam, a coastal city located on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake. Immediately afterwards start a sightseeing tour of Kollam.

Kollam, which was a flourishing business port city in ancient periods, is famous for its cashew business and there are over 600 cashew processing units in the city. You can visit one to understand the processing and buy some cashew nuts too. Keep this for late in the afternoon, around evening. But to begin with, make a visit to Munroe Island, a small island located at the confluence of Ashtamudi Lake and Kallada River. The only way to reach the island is by boat.

Afterwards, during afternoon go and visit the beach and see the beautiful sunset. After visiting cashew processing units and buying some, go and have dinner at one of the restaurants. Return to the hotel. Overnight in Kollam.

Day 5: Kollam – Kovalam: Start after breakfast from Kollam and head to Kovalam, a drive of around 2.5 hours. Check into a hotel on arrival in Kovalam. After some relaxation move on to explore the beauty of Kovalam. Visit Lighthouse beach, quite popular among the tourists. Bathing or swimming is, however, not advisable here because of high tides. You can walk down from here to Hawa beach. Towards the evening you can opt for a spa session at your hotel or at a spa outside. Have a nice dinner. Overnight in Kovalam.

Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Thiruvanathapuram

Day 6: Kovalam – Thiruvananthapuram – Kovalam: Get up quite early and take up yoga classes with the sun rising in the backdrop. Get back to a room, get ready and have your breakfast. Afterwards go to Thiruvananthapuram, capital of Kerala. This is just 16km from Kovalam. The first place you should visit is Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, supposed to be one the wealthiest temples of India. The temple has Lord Vishnu in sleeping position. Go and take a guided tour of Padmanabhapuram Palace, the royal residence of the yesteryear Travancore rulers. It is known for intricate wooden carvings.

Have lunch at one of the restaurants. Later, you should visit Napier Museum, which gives a good glimpse of the history of Kerala, particularly Travancore rulers. Thiruvananthpuram Zoo is also nearby and if you are willing you can visit that.

You should go and explore Shanghumukham beach, with a famous sculpture of a mermaid. The beach is a perfect place to enjoy setting sun. Return to your hotel in Kovalam. Enjoy your dinner. Overnight in Kovalam.

Poovar Island

Day 7: Kovalam – Kanyakumari: Check out from the hotel in Kovalam after breakfast. A drive of more than two hours will bring you to Kanyakumari, place where Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean meet each other. On the way, you can visit Suchindreem Temple. Check into a hotel on arrival in Kanyakumari.

After settling in the hotel, move out and go for a visit to Vivekananda Rock. Visit the Gandhi Memorial Temple, and make it a point to visit Devikanya Temple. Look at the stunning sunset and return to the hotel and enjoy your dinner. Overnight in Kanyakumari.

Day 8: Kanyakumari – Poovar: Check out from the hotel in Kanyakumari after breakfast and drive to Poovar. This is a drive of around two hours. Check into a hotel on arrival in Poovar, a popular tourist village situated at the southern tip of Thiruvananthpuram.

Poovar has an estuary which connects with the sea during high tides. Neyyar River passes through Neyyattinkara taluk into the Arabian Sea near Poovar. Poovar is known for swaying coconut palms, endless golden sands and lush flora. Spend the day enjoying in and around Poovar Island. Have dinner and overnight in Poovar.

Day 9: Poovar – Thiruvananthpuram: After breakfast check out from a hotel in Poovar and drive to Thiruvananthapuram Airport and catch a flight to your onward destination.

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How Does A Walking Tour Help Tourists See A City In The Best Possible Way?

November 30, 2018 by Excursion2india  

Unless you have a walk through the streets of the city, you can hardly claim to visit it thoroughly. GPS and maps are good options for having a handle of the city. By the token, walking tours are better option to know a city. Walk through the lanes and alleys, along the busy roads and street, from one public transport stop to another – to learn the city. Take Walking Tours in India to know the country. This is the most effective way to discover the stores, hotels and restaurants, cafes, malls and many more that you never thought existed.

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Why should you take a walking tour?

There is no dearth of benefits as it comes to walking tours of a city. This helps you meet other tourists, which comes really handy especially if you are travelling alone. Walking tours are often free and that surely makes things soothing to your pocket. Walking tours ensure that you don’t miss any detail like interesting hotels or street arts or heritage properties. You can go in different buildings, see things closely, avail public transport and explore the narrow alleys. As you look at the map while walking, you also get ideas of where you are presently in terms of the city. And your guide is the best person to show you all the important places in the city while helping you see the hidden gems during the process as well.

How to find a walking tour provider for Walking Tours in India?

  • Internet – The most effective yet simplest way to find walking tours even before reaching your location is to use the web. There are many travel websites that can help you in this regard. Use Google to search for walking tours in any particular city or country. Detailed reviews and testimonials by the bloggers or the forum participants also help you find the right walking tour.
  • Acquaintances – You can also get needed information from your friend, local people or another tourist. While it comes to finding the good tours, finding correct, trustworthy information is quite difficult. If you know somebody who has already taken a tour of your chosen destination, you can be better informed. The advantage of talking to someone in person is that you can get clear idea of what kind of activities they liked to enjoy while they travelled. If the person is a history buff, for example, he/she surely opted for a tour focused on the history of the city. Even if you are not, you need to know. And if the person belongs to you genre, things will be easier for you.
  • Accommodation – Oftentimes, hotel or hostel where you will be accommodating in your destination city can provide you with different types of city maps to choose from. Such maps are usually free and thus contain different advertisements on them including walking tours service providers. In a city or country where the standard of living is not so high, you can be rest assured that any business that spends money to advertise using print media to promote their business will surely have some revenues coming in. In other words, tourists are using their service.

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Rajasthan Wildlife Tour Plan

November 28, 2018 by Excursion2india  

Places Covered:New Delhi (1night) – Agra (1night) – Bharatpur (1night) – Ranthambore (2nights) – Jaipur (2nights) – Sariska (1night) – Onward Destination
No. of Days: 8nights/9days

Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque in Delhi. Photo from My Collection of Islamic History Facebook Page

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: New Delhi: Arrive early in morning in New Delhi and drive straight to hotel. Relax for some time, get fresh and have a sumptuous breakfast. Later, embark on a sightseeing tour of New Delhi. Start with Qutab Minar and other ancient and medieval period monuments surrounding it. Together they have also been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sitesQutab Minar is some 73 meters high and a symbol of the Delhi Sultanate period. Other famous monuments in the Qutab Minar complex include the Iron Pillar of Delhi, Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, Alai Darwaza, the Tomb of Iltutmish, Alai Minar, and Ala-ud-din’s Madarsaand tomb.

Afterwards, go and visit India Gate, a war memorial dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives during First World War and Third Anglo-Afghan War. Take a visit to Rajghat, a memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. Afterwards, visit Jama Masjid, a mosque built by Shah Jahan in the mid 17th century. Take a paddle rickshaw ride in the old city. See the narrow lanes where business is still carried out in big volumes. Get a fair idea of how things were during the Mughal and later during British period. Explore Sikh temples and Jainese temples as well in Old city.

Go for a sightseeing of Red Fort after a delicious lunch at one of the restaurants in Old City. Red Fort was the place from where Shah Jahan ruled. This was the place where Nadir Shah invaded and killed so many people. Have a look at the different monuments within the Fort. Towards the evening, enjoy the light and sound show.
Return to the hotel, have dinner. Overnight in New Delhi.

Taj Mahal – a modern world wonder

Day 2: New Delhi – Agra:Check out after breakfast and drive to Agra, a drive of around three hours. Check into hotel on arrival in Agra, a city which once served as the capital for the Mughals.

Immediately afterward go and visit the new world wonder – Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Made in white marble, it is an amazing experience to take a tour of Taj Mahal. Look at the beautiful work of stones and carvings in this beautiful monument.

Have lunch after exhaustive tour of Taj Mahal. Later, go and visit Red Fort, a fort initially built by Akbar, but where subsequent additions were made by other Mughal rulers. You can very much understand how Mughal administration was run within and from the Fort. Look at the additions made by Jahangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb. You can see the place where Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb.

After a tour to these monuments go and visit a marble workshop in the city. The city does not have marble mines but it does have skilled craftsmen who are experts in working on marble.
Have dinner at one of the restaurants. Overnight in Agra.

Birds at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Day 3: Agra – Bharatpur:Get up leisurely and after a sumptuous breakfast check out from the hotel in Agra. Drive to Bharatpur, a drive of a little more than one hour. Check into a hotel on arrival in Bharatpur, a small town in Rajathan, close to the borders of Uttar Pradesh.

After settling into hotel, go on to explore Keoladeo National Park, listed among UNESCO World Heritage sites. This is popular as a bird sanctuary. A large variety, more than 350, of birds flock in the Park, particularly after monsoon, that is, during the winters. You can go on a cycle rickshaw through the Park or can also hire a bicycle. Just near the entrance is Dr. Salim Ali Center. Visit this to get some insight into different bird varieties from across the world.

Return to the hotel and have lunch. Post lunch, go and visit Deeg Fort which served as the capital of the Jats in the 18th Century. The Fort is mostly in ruins now, but a part of it is intact. A sightseeing of this gives a better insight into how the Jat rulers lived their lives and what sort of construction they did.
Late in the afternoon you can visit 1845 built Ganga Temple, a temple situated right in the middle of the city, within Lohagarh Fort complex. Close by is Lakshman Temple.

Have a nice dinner. Overnight in Bharatpur.

Day 4: Bharatpur – Ranthambore:Check out from the hotel after breakfast. Drive to Ranthambore national Park, situated in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan. Check into a resort, after a nearly six hour drive, on reaching Ranthambore.

Spread over more than 325 square kilometer, Ranthambore National Park is a great place to see tigers and other animals.

In the afternoon, go and visit Ranthambore Fort and Ganesh Temple inside the Fort. The Fort is quite old; is said to have been built in 944 AD. Learn how the Fort was attacked and how Rajput women committed mass suicide here to save themselves from going into the hands of enemy forces.

Carry a binocular with you. There are chances you can actually see a tiger in the forest from the top of the Fort. Ganesh Temple is also very old.

Return to the resort. Have a nice dinner and drinks. Overnight in Ranthambore.

Day 5: Ranthambore National Park: Start very early in the morning for the safari. Safari usually is from 6.30am (during summers) or 7am (during winters). Go and enjoy the morning safari. Look for the tigers. But you can come across deer varieties, leopards, sloth bear, wild boars and different bird varieties.

Return to the resort after the safari. Get fresh and take some rest. Go for an afternoon safari (from 2pm -3.30pm depending on the climatic conditions – whether summer or winter).

Tiger roaming around in Ranthambore National Park

Return to the resort. Have a nice and pleasant evening, chatting and relishing the time spent whole day. Enjoy your drinks and dinner. Overnight in Ranthambore National Park.

Day 6: Ranthambore National Park – Jaipur:Check out after a nice breakfast and drive for around four hours to reach the state capital Jaipur. Check into a hotel in Jaipur on arrival. Take some rest. Afterwards, set out to explore Jaipur. Begin the city tour with a lunch at one of the restaurants. After a delicious lunch, visit City Palace, which has served as the royal residence and capital from 1727 onwards. Descendants of Royal family still lives here. There is a big museum which is open for public viewing. After a visit to City Palace move to Jantar Mantar, a collection of 19 architectural astronomical instruments, built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh in 1734.

Go for a walk along the markets in Jaipur – Chhoti Chaupar and Badi Chaupar. Feel free to do shopping in these markets.
Return to the hotel and have dinner. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 7: Jaipur: After breakfast at the hotel embark on a full day city tour. Start the day with a tour to Amber Fort, the earlier capital of Jaipur Royal Family. Take an elephant ride to reach the top of the hillock where Amber Fort is located. Take a full tour of the Fort, which is made in red sandstone. Take a look at Diwan-i-Am Hall, Sheesh Mahal, Jas Mahal, the Queen’s chambers, King’s place, courtyard, and the hidden passage.

After completing the tour you should go to Jaigarh Fort, which is often referred as one complex with Amber Fort. The hidden passage or subterranean passage connects the two. This is located on a hillock, referred to as Cheel ka Teela, and overlooks Amber Fort and Maota Lake. After a visit of Jaigarh Fort go on to visit Nahargarh Fort. This fort was built by Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734.

Go on to have a look at the Jal Mahal, located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. Go for lunch at one of the restaurants afterwards. After lunch, go for a tour of Albert Museum, which functions as the state museum. The Museum, which was opened to the public in 1887, is named after King Edward VII. It has a huge collection of coins, paintings, arts and crafts, international art works and many more. Later, towards the evening go on to explore Hawa Mahal, the Palace of the Winds. This was built specifically for women from royal family. They could see the activities in the market and on the road.

You are free to explore the markets again in Jaipur. You can also go back to Amber Fort to enjoy light and sound there.
Have a nice dinner. Overnight in Jaipur.

Sariska National Park – nearest national park from New Delhi

Day 8: Jaipur – Sariska: Check out from Jaipur after a sumptuous breakfast. Drive straight to Sariska National Park – a drive of around 2.5hours. Check into a resort on arrival in Sariska.

Go for an afternoon safari (starts from 2pm or 2.30pm, depending on whether it is winter or summer). Look out for different wildlife species found in the national park. Apart from tigers, leopard, sambhar, chital, nilgai, four-horned antelope, wild boar, rhesus macaque, langur, hyena and jungle cats are found in the park. India’s largest population of peafowl resides here in this Park. Other bird varieties are also found.

Return to the resort after the safari. Have a pleasant and relaxed evening. Enjoy a delicious dinner. Overnight in Sariska.

Day 9: Sariska – New Delhi – Onward destination:Get up pretty early in the morning and go for a morning safari (starts from 6.30am or 7am, depending on if it is summer or winter). Return after a lovely safari. Get refreshed, and take some rest. Have a nice lunch and check out from the resort. Drive to the New Delhi International Airport (a drive of around three hours) directly from there and catch your flight to your destination.

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Kerala Tour Plan

November 26, 2018 by Excursion2india  

Rightfully called the “God’s own country”, Kerala is a treasure chest of vibrant culture, Kerala tour packagesnatural wonders and man-made feats. The coastal state is blessed with architecturally unique temples, sandy beaches, lush green hills, pristine backwaters and beautiful dense forests. Other than these, adventure sports, elephant rides and forest trails make Kerala the perfect destination to immerse oneself in the laps of nature. The beautiful state can be best explored with Excursion2India’s Kerala tour packages.

Unique Things To Do During Your Trip

  • Cruise the Kerala backwaters on a houseboat
  • Watch a snake boat race
  • Attend a Kathakali performance
  • Watch the ancient martial arts
  • Chill at the sandy beaches
  • Attend a Theyyam performance
  • Get an Ayurvedic treatment

 

Kerala Tour Package:

Places Covered: Cherai Beach (1night) – Alleppey (2nights) – Kollam (1night) – Kovalam Beach (2nights) – Poovar(1night) – Kanyakumari (1night)
No. of days: 8nights/9days

Detailed Itinerary:

Cherai Beach

Day 1: Kochi – Cherai Beach: Arrive in Kochi and straightaway drive to Cherai beach. This is located at the north end of Vypeen Island in Ernakulam district, a little more than 35km from Kochi, and a drive of a little more than an hour. Check into a hotel or resort on reaching at Cherai Beach.

Lined with coconut tree and green paddy fields, Cherai is a unique combination of sea and the backwaters. You can enjoy swimming, surfing and sunbathing at this picturesque beach, which is almost 15km long. You can also walk to the Munabam beach, situated at the northern end of Cherai Beach (2km). This is where River Periyar flows into the Arabian Sea.

Have dinner at your hotel. Overnight at Cherai beach hotel/resort.

Day 2: Cherai Beach – Alleppey: Enjoy a lovely sunrise at Cherai beach. Have breakfast and check out from the hotel. Drive to Alleppey, a drive of close to 2.5hours. Check into a hotel or resort on arrival in Alleppey. Immediately after settling in the hotel go out and board a private houseboat for a lunch cruise on the famous Vembanad Lake. Spend a few hours cruising on the backwaters, the waterways which has brought the epithet ‘Venice of the East’ for Alleppey. Disembark from the boat late in the afternoon.

Enjoy a sumptuous and unique Kerala style cooked dinner. Overnight in Alleppey.

Houseboat in Alleppey, Kerala

Day 3: Alleppey: After breakfast at the hotel embark on a full day sightseeing of Alleppey. Start with the beach in Alleppey, situated quite close to the city. Beach looks quite beautiful even though it is generally quite busy on weekends and public holidays. There is a public park, with lots of games and rides, made quite close to the beach. There is a lighthouse also located a little inland to the beach. This lighthouse, built in 1862, has a museum attached to it. You can enjoy good views of the sea if you can climb more than 300 stairs to reach its top.

There are quite a few old temples in Alleppey. These are not just places of religious importance, but also of architectural importance. Some such temples are Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna TempleSree Subramanya Swami Temple, and Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple. Go and visit St. Andrew’s Basilica Arthunkal, a 16th century built church, which is revered by the locals for its famous bleeding statue of St. Sebastian and healing powers of the church. Close to this Church is another fabulous beach Andhakaranazhi Beach.

Return to the hotel or go to a restaurant in the city. Have a nice dinner and retire to your room for an overnight sleep.

Chinese Fishing Net on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake in Kollam

Day 4: Alleppey – Kollam: Check out after breakfast and drive to Kollam, also called Quilon. This is a drive of close to three hours. Check into a hotel on reaching Kollam, a coastal city located on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake. Immediately afterwards start a sightseeing tour of Kollam.

Kollam, which was a flourishing business port city in ancient periods, is famous for its cashew business and there are over 600 cashew processing units in the city. You can visit one to understand the processing and buy some cashew nuts too. Keep this for late in the afternoon, around evening. But to begin with, make a visit to Munroe Island, a small island located at the confluence of Ashtamudi Lake and Kallada River. The only way to reach the island is by boat.

Afterwards, during afternoon go and visit the beach and see the beautiful sunset. After visiting cashew processing units and buying some, go and have dinner at one of the restaurants. Return to the hotel. Overnight in Kollam.

Day 5: Kollam – Kovalam: Start after breakfast from Kollam and head to Kovalam, a drive of around 2.5 hours. Check into a hotel on arrival in Kovalam. After some relaxation move on to explore the beauty of Kovalam. Visit Lighthouse beach, quite popular among the tourists. Bathing or swimming is, however, not advisable here because of high tides. You can walk down from here to Hawa beach. Towards the evening you can opt for a spa session at your hotel or at a spa outside. Have a nice dinner. Overnight in Kovalam.

Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Thiruvanathapuram

Day 6: Kovalam – Thiruvananthapuram – Kovalam: Get up quite early and take up yoga classes with the sun rising in the backdrop. Get back to a room, get ready and have your breakfast. Afterwards go to Thiruvananthapuram, capital of Kerala. This is just 16km from Kovalam. The first place you should visit is Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, supposed to be one the wealthiest temples of India. The temple has Lord Vishnu in sleeping position. Go and take a guided tour of Padmanabhapuram Palace, the royal residence of the yesteryear Travancore rulers. It is known for intricate wooden carvings.

Have lunch at one of the restaurants. Later, you should visit Napier Museum, which gives a good glimpse of the history of Kerala, particularly Travancore rulers. Thiruvananthpuram Zoo is also nearby and if you are willing you can visit that.

You should go and explore Shanghumukham beach, with a famous sculpture of a mermaid. The beach is a perfect place to enjoy setting sun. Return to your hotel in Kovalam. Enjoy your dinner. Overnight in Kovalam.

Poovar Island

Day 7: Kovalam – Kanyakumari: Check out from the hotel in Kovalam after breakfast. A drive of more than two hours will bring you to Kanyakumari, place where Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean meet each other. On the way, you can visit Suchindreem Temple. Check into a hotel on arrival in Kanyakumari.

After settling in the hotel, move out and go for a visit to Vivekananda Rock. Visit the Gandhi Memorial Temple, and make it a point to visit Devikanya Temple. Look at the stunning sunset and return to the hotel and enjoy your dinner. Overnight in Kanyakumari.

Day 8: Kanyakumari – Poovar: Check out from the hotel in Kanyakumari after breakfast and drive to Poovar. This is a drive of around two hours. Check into a hotel on arrival in Poovar, a popular tourist village situated at the southern tip of Thiruvananthpuram.

Poovar has an estuary which connects with the sea during high tides. Neyyar River passes through Neyyattinkara taluk into the Arabian Sea near Poovar. Poovar is known for swaying coconut palms, endless golden sands and lush flora. Spend the day enjoying in and around Poovar Island. Have dinner and overnight in Poovar.

Day 9: Poovar – Thiruvananthpuram: After breakfast check out from a hotel in Poovar and drive to Thiruvananthapuram Airport and catch a flight to your onward destination.

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Best Wildlife Tours in India

November 23, 2018 by Excursion2india  

Places Covered:New Delhi (1night) – Agra (1night) – Bharatpur (1night) – Ranthambore (2nights) – Jaipur (2nights) – Sariska (1night) – Onward Destination
No. of Days: 8nights/9days

Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque in Delhi. Photo from My Collection of Islamic History Facebook Page

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: New Delhi: Arrive early in morning in New Delhi and drive straight to hotel. Relax for some time, get fresh and have a sumptuous breakfast. Later, embark on a sightseeing tour of New Delhi. Start with Qutab Minar and other ancient and medieval period monuments surrounding it. Together they have also been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sitesQutab Minar is some 73 meters high and a symbol of the Delhi Sultanate period. Other famous monuments in the Qutab Minar complex include the Iron Pillar of Delhi, Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, Alai Darwaza, the Tomb of Iltutmish, Alai Minar, and Ala-ud-din’s Madarsaand tomb.

Afterwards, go and visit India Gate, a war memorial dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives during First World War and Third Anglo-Afghan War. Take a visit to Rajghat, a memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. Afterwards, visit Jama Masjid, a mosque built by Shah Jahan in the mid 17th century. Take a paddle rickshaw ride in the old city. See the narrow lanes where business is still carried out in big volumes. Get a fair idea of how things were during the Mughal and later during British period. Explore Sikh temples and Jainese temples as well in Old city.

Go for a sightseeing of Red Fort after a delicious lunch at one of the restaurants in Old City. Red Fort was the place from where Shah Jahan ruled. This was the place where Nadir Shah invaded and killed so many people. Have a look at the different monuments within the Fort. Towards the evening, enjoy the light and sound show.
Return to the hotel, have dinner. Overnight in New Delhi.

Taj Mahal – a modern world wonder

Day 2: New Delhi – Agra:Check out after breakfast and drive to Agra, a drive of around three hours. Check into hotel on arrival in Agra, a city which once served as the capital for the Mughals.

Immediately afterward go and visit the new world wonder – Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Made in white marble, it is an amazing experience to take a tour of Taj Mahal. Look at the beautiful work of stones and carvings in this beautiful monument.

Have lunch after exhaustive tour of Taj Mahal. Later, go and visit Red Fort, a fort initially built by Akbar, but where subsequent additions were made by other Mughal rulers. You can very much understand how Mughal administration was run within and from the Fort. Look at the additions made by Jahangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb. You can see the place where Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb.

After a tour to these monuments go and visit a marble workshop in the city. The city does not have marble mines but it does have skilled craftsmen who are experts in working on marble.
Have dinner at one of the restaurants. Overnight in Agra.

Birds at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Day 3: Agra – Bharatpur:Get up leisurely and after a sumptuous breakfast check out from the hotel in Agra. Drive to Bharatpur, a drive of a little more than one hour. Check into a hotel on arrival in Bharatpur, a small town in Rajathan, close to the borders of Uttar Pradesh.

After settling into hotel, go on to explore Keoladeo National Park, listed among UNESCO World Heritage sites. This is popular as a bird sanctuary. A large variety, more than 350, of birds flock in the Park, particularly after monsoon, that is, during the winters. You can go on a cycle rickshaw through the Park or can also hire a bicycle. Just near the entrance is Dr. Salim Ali Center. Visit this to get some insight into different bird varieties from across the world.

Return to the hotel and have lunch. Post lunch, go and visit Deeg Fort which served as the capital of the Jats in the 18th Century. The Fort is mostly in ruins now, but a part of it is intact. A sightseeing of this gives a better insight into how the Jat rulers lived their lives and what sort of construction they did.
Late in the afternoon you can visit 1845 built Ganga Temple, a temple situated right in the middle of the city, within Lohagarh Fort complex. Close by is Lakshman Temple.

Have a nice dinner. Overnight in Bharatpur.

Day 4: Bharatpur – Ranthambore:Check out from the hotel after breakfast. Drive to Ranthambore national Park, situated in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan. Check into a resort, after a nearly six hour drive, on reaching Ranthambore.

Spread over more than 325 square kilometer, Ranthambore National Park is a great place to see tigers and other animals.

In the afternoon, go and visit Ranthambore Fort and Ganesh Temple inside the Fort. The Fort is quite old; is said to have been built in 944 AD. Learn how the Fort was attacked and how Rajput women committed mass suicide here to save themselves from going into the hands of enemy forces.

Carry a binocular with you. There are chances you can actually see a tiger in the forest from the top of the Fort. Ganesh Temple is also very old.

Return to the resort. Have a nice dinner and drinks. Overnight in Ranthambore.

Day 5: Ranthambore National Park: Start very early in the morning for the safari. Safari usually is from 6.30am (during summers) or 7am (during winters). Go and enjoy the morning safari. Look for the tigers. But you can come across deer varieties, leopards, sloth bear, wild boars and different bird varieties.

Return to the resort after the safari. Get fresh and take some rest. Go for an afternoon safari (from 2pm -3.30pm depending on the climatic conditions – whether summer or winter).

Tiger roaming around in Ranthambore National Park

Return to the resort. Have a nice and pleasant evening, chatting and relishing the time spent whole day. Enjoy your drinks and dinner. Overnight in Ranthambore National Park.

Day 6: Ranthambore National Park – Jaipur:Check out after a nice breakfast and drive for around four hours to reach the state capital Jaipur. Check into a hotel in Jaipur on arrival. Take some rest. Afterwards, set out to explore Jaipur. Begin the city tour with a lunch at one of the restaurants. After a delicious lunch, visit City Palace, which has served as the royal residence and capital from 1727 onwards. Descendants of Royal family still lives here. There is a big museum which is open for public viewing. After a visit to City Palace move to Jantar Mantar, a collection of 19 architectural astronomical instruments, built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh in 1734.

Go for a walk along the markets in Jaipur – Chhoti Chaupar and Badi Chaupar. Feel free to do shopping in these markets.
Return to the hotel and have dinner. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 7: Jaipur: After breakfast at the hotel embark on a full day city tour. Start the day with a tour to Amber Fort, the earlier capital of Jaipur Royal Family. Take an elephant ride to reach the top of the hillock where Amber Fort is located. Take a full tour of the Fort, which is made in red sandstone. Take a look at Diwan-i-Am Hall, Sheesh Mahal, Jas Mahal, the Queen’s chambers, King’s place, courtyard, and the hidden passage.

After completing the tour you should go to Jaigarh Fort, which is often referred as one complex with Amber Fort. The hidden passage or subterranean passage connects the two. This is located on a hillock, referred to as Cheel ka Teela, and overlooks Amber Fort and Maota Lake. After a visit of Jaigarh Fort go on to visit Nahargarh Fort. This fort was built by Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734.

Go on to have a look at the Jal Mahal, located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. Go for lunch at one of the restaurants afterwards. After lunch, go for a tour of Albert Museum, which functions as the state museum. The Museum, which was opened to the public in 1887, is named after King Edward VII. It has a huge collection of coins, paintings, arts and crafts, international art works and many more. Later, towards the evening go on to explore Hawa Mahal, the Palace of the Winds. This was built specifically for women from royal family. They could see the activities in the market and on the road.

You are free to explore the markets again in Jaipur. You can also go back to Amber Fort to enjoy light and sound there.
Have a nice dinner. Overnight in Jaipur.

Sariska National Park – nearest national park from New Delhi

Day 8: Jaipur – Sariska: Check out from Jaipur after a sumptuous breakfast. Drive straight to Sariska National Park – a drive of around 2.5hours. Check into a resort on arrival in Sariska.

Go for an afternoon safari (starts from 2pm or 2.30pm, depending on whether it is winter or summer). Look out for different wildlife species found in the national park. Apart from tigers, leopard, sambhar, chital, nilgai, four-horned antelope, wild boar, rhesus macaque, langur, hyena and jungle cats are found in the park. India’s largest population of peafowl resides here in this Park. Other bird varieties are also found.

Return to the resort after the safari. Have a pleasant and relaxed evening. Enjoy a delicious dinner. Overnight in Sariska.

Day 9: Sariska – New Delhi – Onward destination:Get up pretty early in the morning and go for a morning safari (starts from 6.30am or 7am, depending on if it is summer or winter). Return after a lovely safari. Get refreshed, and take some rest. Have a nice lunch and check out from the resort. Drive to the New Delhi International Airport (a drive of around three hours) directly from there and catch your flight to your destination.

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Tiger Safari Wildlife Tours

November 22, 2018 by Excursion2india  

Places Covered: New Delhi (1night)– Jabalpur – Bandhavgarh National Park (2nights) – Kanha National Park (2nights) – Raipur –Kolkata (2nights) – Bhitarkanika National Park (2nights) – Bhubaneswar (2nights) – New Delhi

No. of days: 11nights/12days

Detailed Itinerary:

Qutab Minar in Delhi

Day 1: New Delhi: Arrive early in morning in New Delhi and drive straight to hotel. Relax for some time, get fresh and have a sumptuous breakfast. Later, embark on a sightseeing tour of New Delhi. Start with Qutab Minar and other ancient and medieval period monuments surrounding it. Together they have also been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sitesQutab Minaris some 73 meters high and a symbol of the Delhi Sultanate period. Other famous monuments in the Qutab Minar complex include the Iron Pillar of Delhi, Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, Alai Darwaza, the Tomb of Iltutmish, Alai Minar, and Ala-ud-din’s Madrasa and tomb.

Afterwards, go and visit India Gate, a war memorial dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives during First World War and Third Anglo-Afghan War. Take a visit to Rajpath, a memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. Afterwards, visit Jama Masjid, a mosque built by Shah Jahan in the mid 17th century. Take a paddle rickshaw ride in the old city. See the narrow lanes where business is still carried out in big volumes. Get a fair idea of how things were during the Mughal and later during British period. There are Sikh temples and Jainese temples as well in Old city. Explore them.

Go for a sightseeing of Red Fort after a delicious lunch at one of the restaurants in Old City. Red Fort was the place from where Shah Jahan ruled. This was the place where Nadir Shah invaded and killed so many people. Have a look at the different monuments within the Fort. Towards the evening, enjoy the light and sound show.
Return to the hotel, have dinner. Overnight in New Delhi.

Day 2: New Delhi – Jabalpur – Bandhavgarh National Park: Have an early breakfast and drive to the airport, and catch the flight to Jabalpur. Drive to a restaurant in the city and have lunch. Afterwards, drive to Bandhav National Park. Check into a resort. Get acclimatized to the conditions. Relax and have a walk in the resort or outside. Have a nice dinner. Overnight at the resort in Bandhavgarh.

Day 3: Bandhavgarh National Park: Get up very early in the morning and go to the forest in an open jeep to enjoy the morning safari. Look out for the tigers, though there are chances you can see even leopards. After finishing the safari return to the resort and have a nice breakfast. Relax for some time. Get fresh. Have lunch during day time and after a while leave for afternoon safari. Return in the evening and relax with some drinks. Have a nice dinner. Overnight at the resort in Bandhavgarh.

Tiger at Kanha National Park

Day 4: Bandhavgarh – Kanha National Park: Go for a morning safari. Return, have breakfast and after getting fresh, leave for Kanha National Park. This is a drive of around six hours. Check into a resort in Kanha near Kanha or Kisley gate. Enjoy a nice dinner and retire to your room for a good overnight sleep.

Day 5: Kanha National Park: Enjoy morning and afternoon safaris. Have your breakfast, lunch and dinner at the resort.

Day 6: Kanha National Park – Raipur – Kolkata: Go for a morning safari. Return, have breakfast and leave for Raipur. This is a drive of around five hours. Catch the flight to Kolkata. Check into a hotel on arrival in Kolkata. Settle into your hotel. Have a walk on the streets in crowded Kolkata. Have dinner at one of the restaurants. Overnight in Kolkata.

Day 7: Kolkata: After an early breakfast embark on a full day exploration of the city. Start with the Flower Market. This is a unique place, supposed to be the largest flower market in Asia. You can feel amazed o see the vivid kinds of flowers coming to the market every morning. Afterwards, go and visit a Jain Temple, built by a jeweler several years ago. This temple is known for its rich use of gems and jewelries. If interested, you can go and visit potters’ colony to see potters at work on making idols for different festivals.

Victoria Memorial, Kolkata

After lunch you may choose to visit Victoria Memorial and get a glimpse of the history of how Kolkata came into being. Later, you can go and visit Dakshineswar Temple. This temple, much revered by Hindus in Kolkata, is the place where the famous saint Ramkrishna Paramhans used to worship. If interested, you can visit Belur Math, headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission. This organization was founded by Swami Vivekananda, a famous modern thinker and disciple of Ramkrishna.

Have a nice dinner at one of the many restaurants near your hotel. Return to the hotel and retire to your room after a hectic day out. Overnight in Kolkata.

Day 8: Kolkata – Bhitarkanika National Park: Get up leisurely in the morning. Have a nice breakfast and have the first half of the day at leisure. Check out from the hotel and you can have a nice early lunch at one of the restaurants. Drive to the railway station and catch the train to Cuttack. Drive straight away to Bhitarkanika National Park and check into Estuarine Village Resort. Have a delicious dinner. Overnight at Estuarine Village Resort, Bhitarkanika.

Estuarine Crocodile lying on the banks in Bhitarkanika National Park, Odisha

Day 9: Bhitarkanika National Park:Set out for a full day excursion to Bhitarkanika National Park after breakfast. Get into the forest department approved boat and go into mangrove creeks to enjoy the beauty of the forests. Look for the large salt water crocodiles basking in the sun on the banks of the river channels in the creeks. There are a large number of bird varieties you can notice. Keep a special focus on the variety of kingfisher birds. Different stork variety birds, parakeets, darters, cormorants, mangrove petta, different heron varieties and ibis are found in good numbers. Apart from spotted deer you can also find wild boars and monitor lizards. If you are lucky you can also spot leopard cats, fish cats, wild cats, and hyenas.

Return to the resort and have lunch. In the afternoon, go on to visit Interpretation Center–cum-forest museum. This is quite informative even though it is small in size. Afterwards, go on to visit some villages located around the National Park. Look at the village school, and experience their style of living first hand.
Have delicious dinner and retire to your rooms. Overnight at Estuarine Village Resort, Bhitarkanika.

Day 10: Bhitarkanika – Bhubaneswar: Check out after breakfast and drive to Bhubaneswar. Check into a hotel on arrival in Bhubaneswar. After lunch go and visit Nandankanan Zoological Park. This is one of the best in India. Highlight of the Park is white tiger safari. This is one of the rare zoos in India to have Orang-Utan, Indian Pangolin, Spotted Munia, and Burmese Python. Overall, there are 101 enclosures within the Park.

Lingaraj Temple. Photo Courtesy: K V Ramachandran Nair Facebook Page

Afterwards, in the evening, go and visit Lingaraj Temple(non-Hindus not allowed inside temple), a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, and built in the last decades of the 11th Century.

Have dinner at one the city restaurants. Overnight in Bhubaneswar.

Day 11: Bhubaneswar – Konark – Puri – Bhubaneswar:Have breakfast in the morning and set out for Konark, a drive of around 1.5 hours. Konark is famous for the Sun Temple, listed among the world heritage sites. The massive temple, partially in ruins now, was built in 1255 by Narasimhadeva I of Eastern Ganga Dynasty. This is listed among UNESCO World Heritage sites.

After full sightseeing of Konark, drive to Puri – a drive of around one hour. Puri is famous for its Jagannath Temple, a highly revered temple for Hindus. Go on to visit the temple (non-Hindus are not allowed inside), built in the 12th Century by the Eastern Ganga dynasty ruler Anantvarman Chodaganga Deva.

Have lunch in Puri and take a stroll on the beach in Puri. Look at some other temples and villages around Puri. Drive back to Bhubaneswar. Just before entering the main city there is Dhauli, the site where the famous Magadh ruler Ashoka fought a violent war against Kalinga. It is said seeing so much blood he was filled with remorse and took to non-violence and started practicing Buddhism. One can see Dhauli Rock Edict of Ashoka here. There is a Mahashanti Stupa built here on a hillock as well.

Return to Bhubaneswar. Have a nice dinner at one of the restaurants. Overnight in Bhubaneswar.

Day 12: Bhubaneswar – New Delhi – Onward Destination: Check out from the hotel after breakfast and drive to airport to catch flight to New Delhi. From New Delhi catch a flight to your onward desired destination.

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Assam Rhino Safari Tour Plan

November 21, 2018 by Excursion2india  

Places Covered: New Delhi (1night) – Guwahati – Manas National Park (2nights) – Pobitara Wildlife Sanctuary (1night) – Kaziranga (2nights) – Nameri National Park (2nights) – Guwahati (1night) – New Delhi – onward destination
No. of Days: 9nights/10days

Rajghat – Gandhiji’s Memorial in Delhi

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: New Delhi: Arrive early in morning in New Delhi and drive straight to hotel. Relax for some time, get fresh and have a sumptuous breakfast. Later, embark on a sightseeing tour of New Delhi. Start with Qutab Minar and other ancient and medieval period monuments surrounding it. Together they have also been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Qutab Minar is some 73m high and a symbol of the Delhi Sultanate period. Other famous monuments in the Qutab Minar complex include the Iron Pillar of Delhi, Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, Alai Darwaza, the Tomb of Iltutmish, Alai Minar, and Ala-ud-din’s Madrasa and tomb.

Afterwards, go and visit India Gate, a war memorial dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives during First World War and Third Anglo-Afghan War. Take a visit to Rajghat, a memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. Afterwards, visit Jama Masjid, a mosque built by Shah Jahan in the mid 17th century. Take a paddle rickshaw ride in the old city. See the narrow lanes where business is still carried out in big volumes. Get a fair idea of how things were during the Mughal and later during British period. There are Sikh temples and Jainese temples as well in Old city. Explore them.

Go for a sightseeing of Red Fort after a delicious lunch at one of the restaurants in Old City. Red Fort was the place from where Shah Jahan ruled. This was the place where Nadir Shah invaded and killed so many people. Have a look at the different monuments within the Fort. Towards the evening, enjoy the light and sound show.
Return to the hotel, have dinner. Overnight in New Delhi.

Manas National Park – a World Heritage site in Assam

Day 2: New Delhi – Guwahati – Manas National Park: After an early breakfast drive to the airport and catch flight to Guwahati. On arrival, drive straight to Manas National Park, a wildlife park located at the foothills of the Bhutan-Himalayas. This is a drive of four to five hours. Check into a resort on arrival at Manas. Get yourself acclimatized to the conditions at the resort. Enjoy walks in and around the resort. If interested, you can enjoy a bonfire too. Have a nice dinner. Overnight at Manas.

Day 3: Manas National Park:
 Full day at Manas National Park, a Park listed among UNESCO World Heritage sites. Have morning and afternoon jeep safaris. Manas is not just known for being the home of Royal Bengal Tigers, but you also see elephants, leopards, deer and wild buffaloes. Some rhinos have also been trans-located to Manas from Pobitara Wildlife Sanctuary in the last seven to eight years. Manas is also known for a wide variety of birds; having the largest population of the endangered Bengal Florican in the world. It is also a great place to see the Great Hornbill. The last population of the Pygmy Hog also survives in the wilds of Manas only.

Go walking around the periphery of the National Park and look at the life in the villages. Have a nice dinner in the evening. Overnight at Manas.

Day 4: Manas National Park – Pobitara Wildlife Sanctuary: Have the morning safari (if you want) and have breakfast after getting fresh. Check out and head to Pobitara Wildlife Sanctuary. Reach Pobitara after a drive of around six hours and check into a resort. Relax in the afternoon. Enjoy the evening with nice food and dinner. Overnight in Pobitara.

A rhino at Pobitara Wildlife Sanctuary

Day 5: Pobitara Wildlife Sanctuary – Kaziranga National Park: Get up early in the morning and go to the forest gate. Go for a morning safari in a jeep. Pobitara is known for its high density of one-horned rhinoceros population. There are other animals like leopards, wild buffalos, barking deer and wild boars in the forest. Pobitara is also known for being home to wide varieties of birds and reptiles.

Return to the resort after a fun filled safari. Have breakfast and check out from the resort. Drive to Kaziranga National Park. Check into a resort on reaching Kaziranga after a drive of around five hours. Rest of the evening at leisure.

Have a nice and delicious dinner. Overnight at Kaziranga.

Day 6: Kaziranga National Park: Get up very early in the morning. Transfer to the National Park entrance for an elephant ride (has to be booked well in advance). Have a look at the rhinos from almost a touching distance. You can also have a view of deer and other animals. Outside chance of sighting of a tiger is also there.

Return to the resort afterwards. Have a nice breakfast and spend your time at leisure. If interested, you can visit nearby villages or local areas. There are small markets as well. You can enjoy swimming at your resort. In the afternoon, after lunch, head for an afternoon safari in a jeep. Enjoy the sightings of rhinos, elephants, wild buffaloes, barking deer, and large number of deer. If you are lucky you can sight even a tiger or a leopard. Keep an eye on the wide varieties of birds Kaziranga has.

Return to the resort. Spend the evening at leisure, looking at and sharing your photos. Have a nice dinner. Overnight in Kaziranga.

Hornbill at Kaziranga, Assam

Day 7: Kaziranga National Park – Nameri National Park: Get up early in the morning and head for a morning jeep safari. Enjoy the beauty of Kaziranga early in the morning. There are all chances to see all kinds of animals going for their respective preys.

Return to the resort, get fresh and have a nice sumptuous breakfast. Check out from the resort and head to Nameri National Park, located at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, in Sonitpur District of Assam.

Check into a resort at Nameri after a drive of a little more than two hours from Kaziranga. Have a nice lunch at the resort. Rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Day 8: Nameri National Park: Nameri National Park is situated close to the borders of Arunachal Pradesh. Pakhui (Pakke) Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh adjoins the Park on its North-Eastern point. The area is crisscrossed by the river Jia Bhoroli and its tributaries. No jeep safari is available here. Visitors can enjoy the beauty and diversity of the Park either by rafting on a boat or by walking.

In the morning, have your breakfast and go for rafting (allowed from 7am to 2pm) in the Jia Bhoroli River. This is a 14km mild rafting route and takes over three hours. Return to the resort afterwards. Have some rest and after an early lunch head off for a nature trail (allowed from 7am to 12pm and then again from 2pm to 5pm) within the Park.

Visitors are accompanied by an armed guard. The five kilometer wildlife trail starts from Potasali Ghat and takes visitors through the abandoned channel of Jia Bhoroli, natural salt licks at Pung nala, and other forest patches. There are watchtowers to look for animals. These can be good spots to look for tigers, leopards and even elephants. There are all chances that on your nature train you come across deer, wild buffalos, hog deer, barking deer and wild boar. There is a healthy population growth of these animals here.

Nameri National Park is also famous for wide varieties of birds and butterflies.

Return to the resort. Have bonfire and enjoy dinner. Overnight in Nameri.

Day 9: Nameri National Park – Guwahati: Check out from the resort after breakfast and head to Guwahati. This is a drive of nearly six hours. Check into a hotel on arrival in Guwahati. After some rest go and visit the famous Kamrup Kamakhya Temple. Return to the hotel, go for a walk in the market. Have a nice and delicious dinner at one of the city restaurants. Overnight in Guwahati.

Day 10: Guwahati – New Delhi – Onward Destination: Get up leisurely in the morning. Have your breakfast. If you want, you can do some last minute souvenir shopping. Check out and drive to the airport. Catch your flight to New Delhi. From there you can take your flight for your onward destination relishing well spent time exploring the wildlife in the forests of Assam.

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Sikkim Tour Packages

November 19, 2018 by Excursion2india  

Places Covered: Gangtok (4nights)- Lachen (2nights) – Lachung (1night) – Ravangla (1night) – Pelling (2night)
Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: NJP Rly Stn / IXB Airport – Gangtok:
Meet & Greet on arrival at NJP Railway Station / IXB Airport & transfer to Gangtok (3,950 ft.). On arrival check-
in to your hotel. Overnight stay at Gangtok.

Indian tourists at Nathula to get a glimpse of China on the other side of the border.

Day 02: Excursion to Tsomgo Lake, Nathula & Baba Mandir:
After breakfast start for an excursion to Tsomgo Lake (12,400 ft.) & Baba Mandir (13,200 ft.) which is 55 kms one way from Gangtok city. Go on to visit Nathula, the border pass between India and China. This route is now used for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra as well. Return to the hotel afterwards.Overnight stay at Gangtok.
(In case of Land slide or Army not allowing travel to Tsomgo Lake for any other reason, we will provide alternative sightseeing)

Day 03: Gangtok: After breakfast local sightseeing around Gangtok.

Day 04: Gangtok – Lachen (107km/6hrs): After breakfast check out from the hotel with limited luggage and proceed to Lachen(8,500 ft), North Sikkim. On the way take a break for some beautiful spots which are worth seeing and visiting like Naga Waterfall, the Confluence of Lachen Chu (River) & Lachung Chu (River) at Chungthang and Bhim Nala Waterfall.
On arrival at Lachen check into your hotel. Dinner & Overnight stay at Lachen.

Gurudongmar Lake, North Sikkim

Day 05: Lachen – Chopta Valley – Gurudongmar Lake: Early Morning drive to Chopta Valley (13,200 ft) & Gurudongmar Lake (17,100 ft). Back to hotel. Overnight stay at Lachen.

Day 06: Lachen – Lachung (45km/2hrs): After breakfast drive to Lachung (8,700 ft). Arrive in Lachung & check in to your hotel. Dinner & overnight stay at
Lachung.

Day 07: Lachung – Yumthang Valley Excursion – Gangtok: Early morning drive to Yumthang Valley (12,000 ft), famous as Valley of Flowers in Sikkim. On the way back, visit Hot
Spring considered to have medicinal properties. Back to resort for lunch and transfer to Gangtok (5,500 ft). On the way if the weather is clear you may get to see views of Khangchendzonga from Singhik view point. On arrival in Gangtok check-in to your hotel.

Photo by Uttam Dey for Excursion2India (www.excursion2india.com)

View of Mount Kanchenjunga as seen in Pelling

Rest of the evening free for your own activities. Overnight stay at
Gangtok.

Day 08: Gangtok – Ravangla: After breakfast start for Ravangla. Visit Buddha Park. Overnight in Ravangla.

Day 09: Ravangla – Pelling via Chardham: After breakfast start for Pelling (6,300 ft). En-route visit Temi Tea Garden, Samdruptse & Siddheshwar Dham (Chardham) in Namchi. On arrival check-in to your hotel. Overnight stay in Pelling.

Day 10: Pelling: After breakfast, start for full day sightseeing. Places to visit in the First Half of the tour – Darap village, Rimbi water Falls, Khecheopalri Lake & Khangchendzongha waterfalls. Places to visit in the afternoon – Pemayangtse Monastery, Rabdantse Ruins, New Helipad Ground. Overnight stay at Pelling.

Day 11: Pelling – NJP Rly Station/IXB Airport: After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and take the departure transfer to NJP Railway Station/IXB Airport for your onward journey.

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