DAY 01: BANGALORE
Upon arrival at Bangalore, you will be greeted and transferred to the hotel/resort to freshen up. Then, at your convenience, you can head out for sightseeing and visits. Enjoy your exploration of the vibrant city.
Explore Bangalore, India’s ‘Garden City,’ it officially embraced the name Bengaluru, though the old name still resonates with charm. boasts lush parks and rich history. The Bangalore Fort, a medieval marvel, anchors the city’s heritage. Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, an ornate masterpiece, holds rare artifacts. Bangalore Palace, like Windsor Castle, graces the skyline. Mayo Hall showcases British grandeur. Vidhana Soudha blends ancient Indian architectural styles. Cubbon Park exudes British charm. Explore Bangalore’s tapestry of history, culture, and enchantment.
DAY 02: BANGALORE – MYSORE
After breakfast, your journey takes you to Mysore. En-route, make a stop at the UNESCO World Heritage site, Srirangapatna Fort. Upon your arrival in Mysore, transfer to hotel/resort, get refreshes, and, embark on a sightseeing adventure. Enjoy your exploration of this enchanting heritage destination.
Srirangapatna, the ancient town, served as the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore during the reign of Tipu Sultan. This island town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, holds immense cultural and historical significance.
Nestled in the rich heritage, Mysore is a regal gem steeped in history it officially embraced the name Mysuru. With two UNESCO World Heritage sites, it’s a premier heritage and leisure destination. Explore Mysore, the “Cultural Capital of Southern India,” boasts grand monuments, palaces, museums, and galleries. Mysore Palace, unlike any other in the world, serves as the official residence of the Royal Wadiyars and holds UNESCO World Heritage status. Built-in 1912, it’s a stunning fusion of Indo-Saracenic, neoclassical, Indo-Islamic, and Gothic architecture, adorned with intricate details like mirrors, stained glass, and mosaics.
DAY 03: MYSORE
After breakfast, Set forth on a captivating heritage exploration in Mysore. Immerse yourself in the city’s treasure trove of history and culture.
Explore Mysore’s treasures, The Sand Sculpture Museum showcases over a hundred sculptures depicting the city’s cultural heritage. At the Unique Railway Museum, vintage locomotives, steam engines, and a mini-train ride await. Jaganmohan Palace boasts intricate architecture and a royal art gallery since the early nineteenth century. Then there’s the iconic Mysore Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with its stunning Indo-Saracenic, neoclassical, Indo-Islamic, and Gothic architecture, illuminated by 100,000 bulbs on Sundays.’
DAY 04: MYSORE – OOTY
After breakfast, embark on a journey to Ooty. Upon arrival, transfer you to hotel/resort. Take a moment to relax, refresh, and enjoy your leisure time in the enchanting hill town of Ooty.
Ooty, also known as Udhagamandalam, is a tranquil hill town nestled at over 2,200 meters above sea level, making it one of India’s most beloved mountain getaways. With its consistently cool temperatures year-round, Ooty embodies the essence of a charming hill station. Its lush green landscapes, delightful weather, and a plethora of adventure opportunities define Ooty’s fame. Thanks to its idyllic hillside location, it has maintained its status as a perennial favorite for family vacations and travelers with diverse interests.
DAY 05: OOTY IN AND AROUND
After breakfast, embark on a captivating journey to explore the enchanting sights in and around this picturesque hill town.
Ooty, nestled amidst lush tea estates, valleys, and picturesque forests, is a captivating hill station that seamlessly blends classic charm with natural beauty. With its heritage structures showcasing British architectural marvels, Ooty exudes a timeless allure. The renowned ‘Ooty toy train,’ a UNESCO World Heritage site, traverses this enchanting landscape. Another highlight is the Rose Garden, one of the world’s largest, where the temperate mountain climate ensures a continuous bloom of vibrant roses. Divided into five terraced areas, the garden provides a perfect setting for a fragrant evening escape, making it a beloved destination for visitors seeking tranquility and natural splendor.
DAY 06: OOTY IN AND AROUND
After breakfast, embark on a mesmerizing railway journey aboard the Ooty to Coonoor Toy Train. This nostalgic train offers a revitalizing travel experience as it winds its way through lush green tea estates, dense forests, towering eucalyptus trees, and majestic mountains. Covering a distance of 19 kilometers, the Ooty to Coonoor route treats you to spectacular scenery at a leisurely pace, allowing ample time to appreciate the beauty of nature.
Coonoor, a charming hill station adorned with verdant forests, picturesque colonial bungalows, and thriving tea plantations, effortlessly captures your heart with its timeless appeal.
DAY 07: OOTY – COIMBATORE / DELHI
After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive from Ooty to Coimbatore Airport to catch the earliest flight to Delhi. En route, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of picturesque hills, serene pine forests, and cascading waterfalls. Upon your arrival at Delhi Airport, our team will warmly welcome you and transfer you to hotel/resort for a quick refresh. Then, at your leisure, set out to explore the heritage-rich city of Delhi, immersing yourself in its historical and cultural wonders.
Coimbatore Airport, located approximately 90 kilometers from Ooty, can be reached in just 2-3 hours by road travel.
Explore Delhi’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Qutub Complex, and Humayun’s Magnificent Tomb, and Discover the fusion of tradition, spirituality, and architectural magnificence at Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple. A stunning symbol of millennia-old Hindu culture, this masterpiece was built by over 8,000 global volunteers, a testament to human unity and faith. Step into a world where timeless traditions thrive in the modern age.
DAY 08: DELHI
After breakfast, immerse yourself in Delhi’s rich heritage and culture with a unique blend of Walking and Car Tours. Explore the authentic Delhi, designed by those who know it best. As the sun sets, experience the captivating Red Fort Light & Sound Show, where history comes to life against the backdrop of this grand monument.
Step into the enchanting heritage of Shahjahanabad, Delhi’s walled city. Here, history comes to life amidst vibrant markets, colorful shops, charming architecture, exquisite cuisine, and rich traditions. Don’t miss iconic landmarks like the majestic Jama Mosque (Masjid-i Jahān-Numā) and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Red Fort (Lal Qila). In the afternoon or evening, venture into New Delhi, the modern counterpart to the former British capital of India. A journey through the contrasts of this city will reveal the rich tapestry of India’s past and its dynamic present.
DAY 09: DELHI – AGRA
(Approximately 210 kilometers, or a 3-4 hour drive)
After breakfast, we will drive to the “Indian heritage city Agra.” Upon arriving in Agra, we will embark on a journey of sightseeing and visits.
Nestled on the serene banks of the Yamuna River, Agra is a global treasure, alluring millions each year to witness the iconic Taj Mahal and explore its historical riches. Known for Mughal architectural mastery, Agra boasts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal. Immerse yourself in a tapestry of history, architectural marvels, and artistic heritage, leaving an indelible mark on your soul. Agra is a must-visit destination.
Embark on a heritage journey in Agra, beginning with the iconic Taj Mahal, a world wonder and emblem of India’s rich history. Celebrated as the “Jewel of Islamic Architecture,” it represents the zenith of Mughal design and was honored as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Then, explore the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort, which witnessed significant Mughal events, and marvel at the red sandstone beauty known as the “Qila-i-Akbari.” Conclude your day tour with a visit to the exquisite Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb, a Mughal masterpiece from Emperor Jahangir’s era. Housing the cenotaphs of Mirza Ghiyas and Asmat Begum, parents of Mughal Empress Nur Jahan, it’s often dubbed the ‘Baby Taj Mahal’ for inspiring the Taj’s grandeur
DAY 10: AGRA IN AND AROUND
Begin your day with a captivating sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, a moment of awe and inspiration. Following this breathtaking experience, return to your hotel or resort to rejuvenate and prepare for a day filled with exploration in and around the enchanting city of Agra.
Indulge in the timeless beauty of Sikandra Tomb, where Mughal Emperor Akbar, one of India’s revered rulers, rests eternally. This magnificent mausoleum stands as a testament to his visionary aesthetics, adorned with an enchanting garden lovingly crafted by his son, Emperor Jahangir.
Embark on a captivating journey to Fatehpur Sikri, just a 40-minute drive from the heart of Agra city, known as the “City of Victory.” This UNESCO World Heritage site, conceived by Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century, serves as an embodiment of Indo-Islamic architectural brilliance. This historic city briefly served as the capital of the Mughal Empire, leaving an indelible mark on Indian urban design with its majestic Mughal architectural style and grand gateways.
DAY 11: AGRA / DELHI
After breakfast, transfer to Agra Airport or continue your drive to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer to Delhi International Airport.
Delhi International Airport, situated approximately 210 kilometers away, can be reached comfortably in just 3-4 hours by road travel.
Embark on an enthralling 11-day odyssey through our ‘Scenic South with the Taj Mahal Itinerary,’ a mesmerizing tapestry of destinations including Bangalore, Mysore, Ooty, Delhi, Agra, and Fatehpur Sikri. Each location is a living treasure chest of history and breathtaking beauty, where tales of heroism and romance from illustrious rulers and dynasties echo through grand monuments and timeless sentinels of a regal era. This journey delves deep into India’s ancient and medieval history, offering a captivating exploration of picturesque towns and unique cultural and architectural heritage. You’ll discover UNESCO-listed monument complexes, captivating architecture, and enchanting hill towns. These cities and towns are among the world’s most visited, promising an immersive travel experience where every step resonates with history and captures awe-inspiring beauty.