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Nagpur Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF INDIA 559

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Crawford market architecture

Day 1: Mumbai

Welcome to Incredible India! Today we will meet you with a transfer from Mumbai International Airport to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Gateway to India

Day 2: Mumbai - Aurangabad

Early this morning we will transfer to Mumbai airport for flight to Auranagabad. We will be awaiting your arrival to transfer to your hotel. After checkin we drive to visit Ellora Caves. Over five centuries, generations of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monks carved monasteries, chapels and temples from a 2-km long rock escarpment, decorating them with a profusion of sculptures in remarkable design and detail. In all, there are some 34 caves. Twelve caves are Buddhist, seventeen are Hindu and five are Jain. Not only is the Ellora complex a unique artistic creation and a technological exploit but also, with its sanctuaries devoted to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, it illustrates the spirit of tolerance that was characteristic of ancient India.

Cave interior

Day 3: Aurangabad - Nagpur

The UNESCO World Heritage Listed Buddhist caves of Ajanta in the state of Maharashtra date from around 200 BC to 650 AD, predating those at neighbouring Ellora. As Ellora developed and Buddhism gradually declined, so did interest in Ajanta. However, a British hunting party stumbled upon them in 1819 and their beauty was again unveiled. It is highly likely their isolation and lack of disturbance has contributed to their fine state of preservation, in particular some of the remarkable paintings to be found in the caves. Direct drive to Aurangabad station to connect overnight train to Nagpur. 1401 - Nandigram Express - 2345 / 1620 + 2nd Class Air Conditioned Sleeper.

Day 4: Nagpur

Arriving into Nagpur this afternoon, we will transfer you to your hotel.

Day 5: Nagpur - Kanha NP

Today we drive to Kanha National Park (approximately 5hrs drive). We will drop you off at your accommodation. (own arrangments for accommodation.)

Keeping watch

Day 6: Kanha NP

Own arrangements in Kanha NP...


Day 7: Kanha NP

Own arrangements in Kanha NP...

Jackals in the sun

Day 8: Kanha NP

Own arrangements in Kanha NP...

Tiger taking a rest

Day 9: Kanha NP - Nagpur

We will pick you up today and drive you to Nagpur for our overnight stay.

Day 10: Nagpur - Kochi

Departure transfer to Nagpur Airport for flight to Kochi via Mumbai. Here we will meet you and transfer to your Kochi hotel.

Kathakali Dancer

Day 11: Kochi

This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of the town including the beautiful Parsi Synagogue built in 1568, the Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese in 1555 and St Francis’ Church. A walking tour of Fort Cochin takes you through streets still graced with traces of Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial architecture. Afternoon/evening free.

Jewish Market

Day 12: Kochi - Munnar

A drive east to to Munnar - a quaint hill station nestled on the verdant slopes of tea plantations, that exudes a rare old world charm and reminds one of the days of the Raj in its elegant splendour. At a height of 1525 metres, Munnar offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills.

Tea pickers

Day 13: Munnar - Periyar NP

A short drive south to Periyar, South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary and home to bison, antelopes, sambar, wild boar, birds and even the odd tiger! There is plenty to do in and around Periyar, so we leave the choice to you. Enjoy an included boat ride on Lake Periyar to spot herds of wild elephants or visit the lush nearby tea estates.

Periyar birds

Day 14: Periyar NP

Day at leisure in Periyar National Park.


Day 15: Periyar NP - Kumarakom

A drive to Kumarakom. Perched sleepily on the eastern banks of the mighty Lake Vembanad in the heartland of Kerala’s famed backwaters, Kumarakom has changed little since the Middle Ages but for it’s string of exotic resorts, making it the perfect point to explore the backwaters. Although right in the thick of a tangle of lush tropical waterways, Kumarakom is technically an island on Lake Vembanad. This is an ideal place to chill-out for a few days. There is also a wonderful bird sanctuary, winter home to many migratory birds which is worth a visit.

Sunrise boat trip

Day 16: Kumarakom

Day at leisure in Kumarakom.

Local house

Day 17: Kumarakom - Alleppey

This morning board a simply furnished private rice-boat for a journey through the backwaters in and around Alleppey. Crewed by a poler to push the rice boat through the water, a distance of some 20 kms will be covered, during which time the boat will glide past colourful local villages. As for dining, the on-board cook will prepare meals using fresh local produce.

Sunset at Fort Kochi

Day 18: Alleppey - Kochi

Disembarking at Alleppey, you’ll be driven the short distance back to Kochi. Remainder of the day at leisure..

Chinese nets at sunset

Day 19: Kochi

Today we will transfer you to the airport for your onward flight and bid you farewell.