4 x 4 excursion
09.10.2009 - 09.01.2010 20 °C
I think January is the best month to travel to India and if you are traveling for three months you can visit the entire Indian sub-continent in style.
if you want me to prepare an Itinerary for you, it will be entirely my pleasure. Kindly let me know your age, nationality and Interests.
However, I have prepared a rough itinerary for your travel to India, and if you are upto it I would like to drive you around / through entire Indian sub-continent North – south – east – west. And This program is an ideal introduction to India, featuring some of the country's most exotic destinations
1. Your journey I feel should begin with a two-night stay in Delhi. Tour Old and New Delhi, exploring the many layers of the city's rich history including a visit to the Red fort, Crafts Museum and its sweeping collection of artifacts from across the country.
2. Rajasthan: Here you would get to see some of the finest forts and palaces in the world and also get a taste of the famous heritage hospitality of Rajasthan. The first city in Rajasthan that we take you to is Jodhpur – the capital of the ancient kingdom of Marwar. Next you head to the lake city of Udaipur. In between we will take you to the Kumbhalgarh fort – the largest fort in India encompassed by a 36 km long wall. You can spend an entire day exploring this fabulous fort and the ruins that lie within. There is also a tribal settlement inside the fort consisting of a clan that has fiercely guarded the ancient fort for centuries and continues to live there long after the Mewar kings decided to shift the capital to Udaipur.
3. You cannot tell your friends that you have visited India until you have seen the Taj Mahal. The next leg of your trip would take you to this famous monument of love that was erected by the great Shah Jehan for his ladylove. From Agra you fly/drive to Khajuraho – a city where the modern world has rediscovered not just the art of love but architectural wonders.
4. Next on your trip is Idore, in Central India. Drive to the holy city of Ujjain, which is the seat of great learning and culture. Here you must visit the Ved shala or observatory. The Mahakaleshwar Temple is a must see. You can also make a visit to the bathing ghats of the river Shipra. Next you go for an excursion to Sanchi, a world heritage site, which comprises the finest specimens of Buddhist monuments dating back to the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. Your journey continues as you reach Orccha. You can visit the Bhimbekta caves, where about 700 rock shelters belonging to the Neolithic age and over 500 caves house paintings of pre-historic man. You drive to Gwalior. Visit the Gwalior Fort, on the way from Agra to Indore and is one of the largest and mightiest forts in India. you will also get a chance to see Omkareshwar - holy city and a beautiful Jungle drive and boat safari in the river namada with camping on the banks for a moon light picnic. You travel to the quaint town of Dhar and then to Indore. The following day you can visit Maheshwar, the chattri or tomb of the brave Holkar queen Ahalya Bai who died in 1795.
5. From here you will drive to the thick forests of Bandhavgarh National Park, which is surrounded by cliffs and the mighty Vindhya Ranges. This is the region where the famous White tigers of Rewa were first discovered. The day will be spent wandering in jeeps or atop an elephant, where the chances of spotting a tiger are quite good. Here you can also see varieties of deer like the Barasingha, Chital (spotted deer), Chousingha and the Gaur.
6. After a refreshing night’s sleep, you will drive to Kanha National Park, covering a distance of 325 kms. The main viewing area is still in the core of the Park with its 32 picturesque, wooded hills. One whole day is kept for game rides. The Park abounds in wildlife though the main attraction remains ‘the tiger’.
7. From Jabalpur drive to Mumbai , India’s business capital. Spend a day touring the city. Visit the Gateway of India and the Gandhi Memorial. You can laze around at the Juhu beach. You can plan an excursion to the Elephanta Caves, world famous caves that are over a thousand years old. The famous Trimurti sculpture signifying the trinity of the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer is located here. The next destination is Aurangabad. You spend the first day at the Ajanta Caves. The Ajanta caves were originally built as retreats for Buddhist monks. The next day you make a visit to the Ellora caves, which house 34 monasteries and temples with an exquisite and uninterrupted sequence of monuments that date back from 600 to 1000 AD. Both these ancient caves are world heritage sites with frescoes and sculpture that continue to inspire artists even today.
8. Your next stop the emerald state of Goa. You have a leisurely three days in Goa to unwind on the sunny beaches or even better, get a relaxing massage. You must experiment with the Goan cuisine, which is an interesting blend of Indian and Portuguese food. from here we drive to Banglore visit Maysore and many historical places in and around the state of Karnataka before we leave for Thirunananthapuram, Madurai and Kerala. Next in line is a drive to Mahaballipuram, where the beauty of the Shore Temples is accentuated by the sunrise over the Bay of Bengal.
9. Next the beautiful state of Kerala justly called God's Own Country. The land of the quiet Backwater and lagoons beckons travelers to enter the gateway to heaven. You arrive in Cochin City, also called the Queen of the Arabian Sea. Here you can visit the famous Dutch Palace and the Jewish Synagogue. In the evening you can enjoy a sunset cruise.
10. From Cochin drive to Chennai. Particularly charming features of this city are its allegiance to ancient traditions, no matter how modernized it has become, and its willingness to spread out further rather than develop into a multi-storey concrete jungle.
11. Then you depart to Thekkady by road. This wildlife sanctuary offers the opportunity to spot its inhabitants at close range. You can visit the spice plantations and stroll amidst the heady aroma of cardamom and coffee.
12. The next stop is the Kumarakom Bird sanctuary on the banks of the river Periyar. The sanctuary is a favourite haunt of migratory birds. This paradise of mangrove forests, paddy fields and enchanting waterways is the ideal place to relax. After this you return to Cochin by road. You can tour the district of Ernakulam.
13. Your next stop is Hyderabad where you might still get a taste of the old Nawabi days. This cyber city offers an interesting blend of the old and the new. Charminar built by the king Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591-92 is one of the famous monuments that you can visit. The Golconda Fort is another must see. Salarjung Museum is one of the best-known museums in India where you can find private collections of the Nizams. You drive to the historical city of Bijapur, en route stopping over at the Bidar district. Visit Golgumbaz the magnificent tomb of Mohammad Adil Shah. You can explore the fortress, some of the palaces and mosques. From here you can make a visit to the district of Gulbarga to see the Bahamani tombs and the fort. Your next destination is Badami. Plan an excursion to Aihole that has over a hundred temples scattered across the village. The Lad Khan temple dating back to the 5th century is a must see. From here visit the rock-cut temples to see temples of Pattadkal where the evolution of windows and pillared halls made the temple more decorative and larger.
Then you travel to Hospet. Plan a day excursion to Hampi, the site of the medieval Vijaynagar Empire. Next you drive to Dandeli via the Jain temples at Lakundi and the cotton market at Gadag. You can visit the Wildlife reserve and enjoy a Jeep safari in the park.
14. From Hyderabad I would suggest you drive all the way till Kolkata, you will see the true India, stay for two – three days in Kolkata and then travel to the holy city, Varanasi. You can go from here to Sarnath, an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. In Varanasi take a boat ride down the river Ganges. The thousands of pilgrims at the ghats is a sight to behold. Also visit the Vishwanath Temple built by the Birlas. An interesting visit can be made to the Bharat Mata Temple that displays, a huge relief map in marble of the whole of Indian subcontinent, instead of gods and goddesses.
You drive to Bodhgaya where Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment, under the bodhi tree. In Bodhgaya visit the magnificent Mahabodhi Temple, which depicts the various phases of Buddha’s journey towards enlightenment. Another must see is the Bodhgaya Archaeological Museum that houses a small collection of Buddhist sculpture dating from 1st century B.C to 11th century A.D.
15. From varanasi we drive up north to via rishikesh, Haridwar, Jim Corbett national park to destination you would be heading to is Leh, the remote mountain kingdom, which is often called the Little Lhasha. In the three days you have in Leh, you can make a visit to the many breathtaking monasteries. Those inclined towards outdoors, can go white-water rafting in the Indus.
16. From Leh to Delhi and Delhi you can fly out to your home….
Believe me Guys, this will be as memorable and enchanting as you could ever imagine. If I were you and I had 3 moths to see India I would visit the entire country Driving around and visiting all the places coming on my way…..
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