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From Nagas to Buddha

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Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Mumbai - Kolkata - Kohima - Kolkata - Kolombo - Sigriya - Kandy - Colombo

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Special Experiences:

  • Witness the popular 'Hornbill Festival' of Nagaland
  • Experience a rickshaw ride in the narrow lanes of old Delhi
  • Ride up the fort on an elephant back, like the Maharajas of olden times
  • See a theatrical presentation about the story of the Taj Mahal
  • Experience the decorated Tonga ride in Agra
  • Enjoy a traditional cuisine dinner 
  • Train ride in Sri-Lanka

DAY 01 : Arrival at Delhi & day at leisure.

On your arrival at Delhi International Airport, you will be welcomed by the representative from Alluring India Tour, who will help you with your transfer to the hotel where you can relax.

Delhi Red-Fort-Delhi

Delhi

The Capital of India, Delhi is the 3rd largest city and an epitome of architectural extravaganza. It is often the starting city for the Indian Golden Triangle tour. Delhi also is the crowned city to lead the standards of hospitality, being numbered top in the list of Alluring India Tour’s luxury private tours. It comprises of “Old Delhi”- the capital of Muslim India and “New Delhi” the imperial city created as the nation’s capital by the British. A unique blend of tradition and modernity is prominently visible to its guests as soon they arrive. Here you can come across multiple cultures, languages, traditions and people in complete harmony. 

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DAY 02 : Full day sightseeing of Delhi visiting Red Fort, India Gate, Qutub Minar, Parliament, Rashtrapati Bhawan

Breakfast will be at hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing tour.

Red Fort Red Fort

Red Fort

Red Fort was the seat of Mughal rulers in India and is one of the most popular sightseeing places in Delhi. Popularly known as the ‘Lal Quila’, it is one of the most significant monuments in Delhi. ‘Lal’ is the Hindi word for 'Red' and ‘Quila’ is the Hindi word for a 'Fort'. The famous ruler ‘Shah Jahan’ built this fort in the 17th century on the banks of the river Yamuna. It took around a decade for its completion with its construction beginning in 1938. While in the past it served as an important place for base of the Mughal empire, even today it is known for its architectural grandeur and the prime minister of the country addresses the citizens from this fort, on the Independence day of the country. Alluring India Tour offers the most comprehensive tour of Delhi including a visit to the Red Fort, with a highly experienced guide who will not leave any stones unturned to make your visit to Delhi truly worthwhile.

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Qutub Minar

The Qutub Minar is claimed to be the tallest brick minaret in the world and is a must visit during sightseeing in Delhi. The minaret is 234 feet high and the highest individual tower in the world, with other towers being the Great Pagoda in Pekin, China and the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.

It was built by the founder of the slave dynasty named ‘Qutub-ud-din Aibak’ in the 12th century to honor the victory of a Mughal King Mohammed Ghori over the Rajputs. It was completed in the 13th century by his son-in-law and successor Iltutmish.  Built exclusively in red brick and sandstone, this minaret is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic architecture and is today a pat of the UNESCO World Heritage Site community.  It has often been viewed as a symbol of the military might of the Turko-Afghan dynasty.

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India Gate India Gate

India Gate

India Gate is a memorial to the brave soldiers who were killed in the World War I.  It is build in shape of an arch that is 42 meters in height, and is called the ‘All India War Memorial’. It is considered as the national monument of the country and forms a vital component of the sightseeing in Delhi.  The monument comprises of an eternal flame dedicated to the Indian soldiers. This flame is known as ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’ meaning the 'Flame of the eternal soldiers'.

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You shall also drive past the Parliament Building & the Rashtrapati Bhavan which is the President’s House. 

Day 03 : After a leisurely breakfast, you will start your drive for Agra (210 kms / 4 hrs), where you will check-in at hotel and relax for the evening.

Agra

Agra is one of the most important cities for any traveler seeking heritage tours of India! The presence of 'Taj Mahal' has even immortalized its city Agra as ‘The City of Taj’. Alluring India Tour, takes its guests down the lanes of this historical town giving them, a memorable experience. Through A.I.T.'s luxury tours of North India, a traveler gets to experience the grandeur of the monument, along with high quality services crafted especially for the elite.

It does not take much for a traveler’s eye to discover that there’s more to Agra than just the enchanting Taj Mahal. The city is a virtual gateway to a world of discovery… where moments of an era that’s long gone, still echoes the tale of this glorious town. The older city of Agra has impressively retained much of its resplendent history.

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Day 04 : Enjoy your breakfast & later proceed for the sightseeing tour of Agra visiting the ‘Taj Mahal’ and ‘Agra Fort’.

Taj Mahal

There is no other word, but ‘Overwhelming’ that can best describe the emotions that our travelers experience standing in front of this exquisite monument! ‘Taj Mahal’ today is not only synonymous with ‘India’ but also with eternal love, due to the popular saga of Emperor ‘Shah Jahan’ and his queen ‘Mumtaz Mahal’. The narration mentions that the Emperor loved his queen immensely and promised to make a grand mausoleum in her memory. The architecture of the mausoleum and its surrounding gardens were made to match description of heaven as laid out in the holy Islamic texts. The gardens symbolize paradise gardens that are said to have four flowing rivers through them. As per the mystic Islamic texts of the Mughal period, Paradise is referred to as the ideal garden of abundance with four rivers flowing from a central spring, separating the garden into north, west, south and east. To organize a memorable visit to this exquisite monument, explore the tailor made luxury tour packages, offered by Alluring India Tour! 

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Agra Fort Agra Fort

Agra Fort

The ‘Agra Fort’ was built by the great Mughal Emperor ‘Akbar’. While the Taj Mahal is said to adorn the city of Agra with its beautiful architecture in white marble, the magnificent Agra Fort built in red sandstone is yet another jewel of the Mughal architecture that forms an important part of the sightseeing in Agra. This massive fort is considered as the predecessor of the Delhi Red fort and its wall stretches upto 2.5 kms. Its construction began during the reign of the Mughal emperor Akbar and continued till the reign of his grand son Shah Jahan, who contributed to the construction of most of the buildings inside the fort. Travelers who opt for private tours to India with Alluring India Tour, are able to explore the massive Agra fort in a leisurely manner, as they have the freedom to move at their own pace.

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Day 05 : After an early breakfast, proceed for Jaipur (250 kms / 5 hrs), en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri.

Fatehpur sikri

Fatehpur Sikri has a vital place amongst the heritage India tours and has an interesting legend for its inception. It was built by the Mughal ruler Akbar as a tribute to a Sufi saint know as ‘Salim Chisti’. When Akbar seeked the blessings of this saint, he was blessed with 3 sons and thus to honor the saint, he built this magnificent city around 37 kms from Agra. Akbar also named one of his sons after the name of this sage - ‘Salim’. He took great interest in the building of this city and greatly influenced the architectural style. It took several years in its construction but the Mughal rulers could not rule here for a long period. When functional, this city did serve as a seat of governance for the Mughal rulers and was the capital of Mughal empire. However, legend goes that due to an injustice done in the court of Akbar, whereby he wrongly sentenced punishment to a female dancer for theft, this city was cursed by her father. The dancer was named Zarina and she was accused of theft of a golden bangle belonging to the Queen. It was a conspiracy by a fellow member in the service of the Queen. She did not steal the bangle and could not bear the accusation, ending her life. After her death, her father cursed the king and there was scarcity of water in the kingdom due to which the emperor had to abandon the city within two decades of their rule. Fatehpur Sikri gradually emerged as a must visit destination among the sightseeing places near Delhi and Agra. Alluring India Tour offers an option to visit Fatehpur Sikri either from Agra or en-route while traveling by road between Jaipur and Agra.

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Continue your drive to Jaipur.

Jaipur

Rajasthan came in existence post India’s independence by merger of the princely states of the region, also once known as “The Land of the Maharajas”. This is when the picturesque city of Jaipur was chosen as the capital of the newly formed state of ‘Rajasthan’. Jaipur today is one of the important cities of the Golden Triangle and can be explored in a royal manner through the private luxury tours offered by Alluring India Tour. These tours are the best way to soak in the grandeur of this royal city. For those who have limited time in hand, may choose for a tour package for Jaipur from Delhi as there are flights available and one can also travel by road. If you have more time in hand, then you must visit the other cities in Rajasthan besides Jaipur and can choose from many of our Rajasthan luxury tour packages.

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On arrival at Jaipur, a representative from Alluring India will meet you and assist with your check-in. Overnight will be at Jaipur. Know More..

Day 06 : Have a comfortable breakfast at the hotel & proceed for a sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting the Amer Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar & Hawa Mahal.

Amber Fort Amber Fort

Amber Fort

‘Amber Fort’ usually pronounced as ‘Amer Fort’ is an important sightseeing in Jaipur, located at a distance of about 11 kms from the city. It is also one of the favorites among the guests of Alluring India. Amer was known as Dhundar (symbolizing a sacrificial mount in the western frontiers) in the medieval period and was ruled by the Kachwahas from the 11th century onwards, till the capital was moved from Amer to Jaipur. Amber was historically part of the Meena clan, who had built a fort at this very site until the king ‘Raja Man Singh’, commander in Chief of Akbar’s army, built over the fort of the Meenas. Constructed by Raja Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by Sawai Jai Singh I, the Amer fort is a beautiful fusion of art and architecture. While the interior walls depict expressive painting scenes with carvings, precious stones and mirror settings, the breathtaking Maota Lake in the foreground adorns the grand structure. The mirror image of the Fort, on the still waters of the lake, seem to be a beautiful illusion enhancing the gorgeous structure built in white marble and red sandstone. The sightseeing at Jaipur is incomplete without a visit to this famous fort.

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City Palace Jaipur

The City Palace is a living example of the royal heritage from the glorious Indian history. While the current king and his family still reside in a part of the palace, the other part is open for the visitors to admire and know about the royal India it has always been! City palace can be easily visited during a Jaipur tour from Delhi for a couple of days or through the golden triangle luxury tours offered by Alluring India Tour. Such beautiful palaces take you back in the historic area of the ‘Maharajas’ and ‘Maharanis’ as you explore their biographies and witness the grand lifestyle through the collection of the Royal objects, armors, artifacts etc. The palace is a huge complex comprising of several buildings, gardens, courtyards and gates. The intricately carved marble interiors, magnificent pillars, lattice work and inlaid ornamentations depict the skills of the craftsmen and artisans from the royal era. 

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Jantar Mantar

The words ‘Jantar Mantar’ have several interesting meanings as per the Hindi dictionary. The word ‘Jantar’ refers to an instrument whereas the word ‘Mantar’ means to calculate or consult. Sometimes the word Mantar also refers to ‘witchcraft’. However, it actually means an instrument used to calculate and is basically an observatory used to measure time, predict eclipses and to ascertain other astronomical events. There are five such observatories in India with this one at Jaipur being the largest. Jantar Mantar is also believed to have the world’s largest stone observatory. It is amazing to explore how these simple stone structures were used to make predictions that are done today with the modern  complex equipments.

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Hawa Mahal Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal

This monument is one of the favorites in Alluring India Tour's list of Jaipur sightseeing. The plan of the Hawa Mahal or the ‘Palace of Winds’ was initiated in the reign of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. However, it was his grandson Sawai Pratap Singh, son of Maharaja Sawai Madhosingh I, who built the Hawa Mahal in 1799 as a continuation of the Royal City Palace. It is a five storied pyramid shaped building made with 953 small windows. These windows are made in pink sand stone and are known as ‘Jharokhas’. The windows are decorated with tiny lattice work and actually resemble a giant honeycomb. The multiple windows keep the palace cool even in summers and was basically used by the royal women of the palace. There is an imperial door connecting the Hawa Mahal to the City palace.

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Day 07 : Fly to Mumbai and day at leisure.

On your arrival at Mumbai airport, you will be welcomed by our representative who will help you with your transfer to the hotel.

Mumbai

Mumbai, earlier known as 'Bombay' is still referred by many with its old name. Some say that the name 'Bombay' originated from the Portuguese word 'Bombaim' that means 'Old Little Bay' or 'Good Bay'. Later, the name of the city was based on it most famous temple called 'Mumba Devi Temple' belonging to Goddess 'Mumba'. She is the deity worshiped by the oldest inhabitants of this island who are called the 'Koli' fishermen. It is believed that any immigrant coming to Mumbai must seek her blessings as she is the main Goddess protecting this island city.  

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Day 08 : Full day sightseeing of Mumbai visiting Mumbai Fort, Marine Drive, Gateway of India, Flora Fountain/ Hutama Chowk & Hanging Gardens.

Have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and proceed for a sightseeing tour of Mumbai.

Mumbai Fort

The famous site of Mumbai fort is often mistook to be an area enclosing a fort structure, similar to the mistaken fort in Kochi Fort area. However, the Mumbai Fort today is just a location comprising of old buildings and the popular Flora Fountain. There used to be an old British fort during the British time though. 

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Marine Drive Marine Drive

Marine Drive

Though there are several Marine Drives across India, undoubtedly the most popular is the Mumbai Marine Drive that extends for 3 kms. from Nariman Point upto the Malabar Hills. Its actual name is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road, but it is always referred to as Marine Drive. Another interesting name for Marine Drive is the 'Queen's Necklace'. It so got its name because when viewed from a higher ground at night, the curve of the road besides the sea glitters with lights giving an impression of a necklace.

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Gateway Of India Gateway of India

Gateway Of India

Mumbai's 'Taj Mahal', the Gateway of India is a 85 ft. high archway at Apollo Bunder. In olden days, this was the point from where visitors mostly traders would enter India. Hence, the name 'Gateway of India'. Unlike the war memorial gateway of Delhi, this tall decorated arch was built to welcome King George V and Queen Mary in Mumbai. On one hand it was built to welcome the British rulers, and on the contrary, it is also said to be the symbol signifying the British exiting from India after India gained independence in 1947. 

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Flora Fountain

The Flora fountain is a heritage monument that comprises of a sculpted fountain at the centre of 'Hutatma Chowk'. It was named as 'Flora Fountain' symbolizing the Roman Goddess of flowers. It is said to have been made in honor of a British Governor in Bombay. It stands at a junction of five streets known as the 'Picadilly Circus' of Mumbai. The fountain sculptor contains statues of mythological characters with the statue of the Roman Goddess on top.

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Hanging Gardens

Unlike its name, the Hanging Gardens are not Hanging but firmly grounded on a terraced hill slope in the busy south Mumbai area. In a city where space is often a constraint and open places difficult to find, this garden is sure a relief to the both the locals and tourists alike. Its actual name if Pherozeshah Mehta gardens but everyone knows it by the name of Hanging Gardens. It is said that these gardens were made to cover the water in the reservoirs here from the contaminating activities of the adjoining Towers of Silence. The towers of silence are basically the cremation ground of the Parsi or Zoarastrian community. This community believes that one of the most eco-friendly ways of disposing off human dead bodies is to feed them to the Vultures and eagles and hence they bring the dead bodies to the towers of silence to be fed to such birds.

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Return back to the hotel and overnight.

Day 09 : After having breakfast at the hotel, you shall be transferred to the airport to board flight for Kolkata.

Kolkata

Situated on the bank of the river Hoogly, lies the capital city of West Bengal – Kolkata. Formerly known as ‘Calcutta’, this city is one of the four largest metropolitan city in India. It is the main social, economical, cultural and political hub of East India.

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Reach and check in at the hotel. Overnight will be at Kolkata.  

Day 10 : Have a comfortable breakfast at the hotel & proceed for a sightseeing tour of Kolkata visiting Victoria Memorial, India Museum, Eden Garden, Howrah Bridge & St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Breakfast will be at hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing tour.

Victoria Memorial

The capital city of West Bengal, Kolkata proudly flaunts to house one of the magnificent monument built in the entire state – The Victoria Memorial. This is one of the important point of interests in Kolkata. To experience the essence of Victorian era, one must visit this monument.

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Indian museum

Kolkata is proud to house the oldest and largest museum of India. This museum was founded in the early eighteenth century by the Asiatic Society of Bengal and was curated by a Danish botanist – Mr. Nathaniel Wallich.

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Eden Garden

Eden Garden is the biggest cricket stadium in India and the World’s second largest cricket ground. It was established in the eighteenth century and has been the home ground of the Bengal Cricket team.

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Howrah Bridge

Howrah Bridge is an iconic landmark of East India. It was built over the river Hoogly in the nineteenth century and is considered to be the busiest bridge in the whole word.

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St. Paul’s Cathedral Kolkata

St Paul’s Cathedral is acknowledged as the first Episcopal Church of the eastern world. The main hall of the cathedral is beautifully admired with exquisitely carved wooden church chairs and benches. Serenity and tranquility is the very essence of the entire premises of the church.

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Day 11 : You shall be transferred to the airport to board your flight for Dimapur & further drive to Kohima (69 kms/ 2 hrs).

Have your breakfast at the hotel. Later, you shall be transferred to the airport to board your flight for Dimapur. On arrival at Dimapur, drive to Kohima. Reach and check in at the camp. Overnight will be at Kohima.

Day 12 : Visit the spectacular Hornbill Festival and enjoy the tales of tribal rituals, valor, warriors & the rich cultural heritage.

After a leisurely breakfast, drive to the Kisama village for the sacrosanct Hornbill Festival. 

Hornbill Festival

One of the seven sisters of India – Nagaland is famous for hosting the Hornbill festival every year in December. This festival is celebrated for an entire week. The festival is organized by the Government of Nagaland & Department of Art & Culture to promote the cultural heritage of Nagaland and to encourage interaction between the tribal communities.

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Return to camp for a sumptuous lunch and relax for a while. In the evening, get into the spirit of the festival as you enjoy the music of one of the many talented Naga rock bands or scour the night bazaar for local artefacts and relish some Naga delicacies.

Return to your camp. Overnight will be in Kohima.

Day 13 : Drive to Dimapur airport to board your fight for Kolkata.

Post breakfast at the hotel, you shall be transferred to Dimapur airport to board your flight for Kolkata.

On arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight will be in Kolkata.

Day 14 : Drive to the airport to board your flight for Colombo.

Post breakfast, you shall be transferred to the airport to board your flight for Colombo.

Colombo

The capital city of Sri Lanka, Colombo is the most important tourist destination of this country. This port city displays both the colonial era as well as the modern life of Sri Lanka. The city of Colombo is known for housing magnificent temples, colonial buildings, national museum, beautiful fourth century B.C. artifacts, manicured gardens, vibrant markets, exotic beaches & finger-licking sea foods.

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Reach and check-in at the hotel. Overnight will be in Colombo.

Day 15 : Have a leisurely breakfast and proceed for the sightseeing tour of Colombo visiting National Museum, Cinnamon Garden, Gangaramaya Temple & Pettah Market.

Have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and proceed for a sightseeing tour of Colombo.

National Museum Colombo

Among the three museums in Colombo, the national museum is the largest museum in the country. The National museum of Colombo was established in the late eighteenth century by the then British Governor of this country - Sir William Gregory.

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Gangaramaya Temple

Gangaramaya Buddhist temple is an important sacred site in Colombo. This temple complex, located in the heart of the city is over hundred years old. It reflects the Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, Burmese, Chinese and may other culture in its architecture.

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Pettah Market

One of the most important tourist site of Colombo is Pettah market. Also known as Manning market, this market is actually a wholesale market where you can buy fresh fruits, vegetable and local items like garments, footwear, accessories, handicrafts etc in bulk.

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Day 16 : Have your breakfast, and drive to Sigriya (227 kms / 5-6 hrs).

Sigriya

Often considered as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ by the people of this country, this town is the one of the most historical and significant tourist destination of Sri Lanka. Sigiriya was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982.

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Reach and check in at the hotel. Overnight at Sigriya.

Day 17 : After having your breakfast at the hotel, visit the Rock Fortress & later proceed for the excursion to Dambulla Cave Temple.

Rock Fort

The 83m high Rock Fort is the only outcrop in the otherwise flat land of the city. The rock is one of the oldest in the world-approximately 3.800 million years, which makes it as old as the rocks of Greenland and older than the Himalayas. The sheer abruptness of its rise is a thrill in itself, but the actual centre of attraction is not the fort itself, of which very little remains, but the temple at the summit. 344 steps hewn out of rock lead to the top where there are inscriptions dating back to the 3rd century.B.C.

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Dambulla Cave Temple

One of the most sacred temples of Sri Lanka is the Dambulla Rock Cave temple. Also, referred as ‘The Golden Rock Temple of Dambulla', this temple is considered to be the largest and well-maintained cave temple of Sri Lanka.

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Day 18 : Have your breakfast, and drive to Kandy (88 kms / 2 hrs), en-routing Matale Spice Garden.

Matale Spice Garden

If you are visiting Sri Lanka for the first time, then a stop at a spice garden is a must. Sri Lanka is known for its spices, spice plantations & gardens. There are so many different kinds of spices grown in this island.

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Continue your drive to Kandy. Reach & check-in at the hotel. Overnight will be in Kandy.

Day 19 : Post breakfast at the hotel, proceed to visit the Temple of the Tooth, Kandy Lake, Peradeniya Botanical Gardens & Gem & Bathik markets.

Have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and proceed for a sightseeing tour of Kandy.

Temple of the Tooth

The soul of a country lies in its culture, tradition and history and Sri Lanka is the best example. The rich culture and pure sense of Buddhism lies in this sacred city of Kandy which houses the left upper canine tooth of the Lord Buddha. Also known as ‘Sri Dalada Maligawa’, the temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is considered to be the most important Buddhist Temple in Sri Lanka.

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Kandy Lake

Situated in the heart of the city lies an artificial lake known as the Kandy lake. Often referred as the ‘Sea of Milk’, this lake is situated by the side of the Temple of the Tooth.

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Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

Peredeniya Botanical Gardens is known as ‘Walker’s Paradise’. Spread across almost 150 acres of land, it is the largest Botanical garden of Sri Lanka. The gardens are open for visitors from 0730 hrs. to 1800 hrs. every day.

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Later, explore the wood carved artifacts, Gem & Bathik markets.

Return to the hotel. Overnight will be in Kandy.

Day 20: Have your breakfast, later you shall be transferred to Colombo airport for your onward flight connection.

 

Best time for this tour : First week of December

Inclusions

TOUR LAND PRICE INCLUDES:

  1. Double / twin room accommodation 
  2. Breakfast in Hotel as per the Itinerary
  3. All meals at Kohima camp
  4. Meet and Greet at the airport at all applicable places
  5. All airport transfers by Private Air Conditioned Car
  6. All sightseeing by Private Air Conditioned Car
  7. Inter-city transfers by Private Air Conditioned Car
  8. Services of English Speaking Guide
  9. Rickshaw Ride in Old Delhi
  10. Tonga Ride In Agra
  11. Elephant Back Ascent at Amer Fort in Jaipur
  12. Cultural Dance Performance in Kandy
  13. Hand phone with Indian number for 24x7 customer support
  14. All Transport Taxes, Inter State Vehicle Permit, Driver Allowance and Parking Charges
  15. All hotel & Govt. Taxes

 

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