Rail Tour Packages
» Gateway of India With Char Minar Tour By Rail
17 Nights / 18 Days
Destinations Covered: (Mumbai (Bombay) - Aurangabad - Hyderabad -
Chennai (Madras) - Trichy, Madurai - Periyar - Cochin - Bangalore -
Mysore - Bangalore - Mumbai
Day 01 Mumbai
Arrive Mumbai. Transfer to hotel. Overnight Mumbai.
Day 02 Mumbai / Aurangabad
Morning tour of Mumbai visiting Kamla Nehru Park, Hanging Gardens
situated on the slopes of Malabar Hill offering a panoramic view of
Marine drive, Chowpatty Beach, Prince of Wales Museum, Mani Bhawan,
Dhobi Ghat, Gateway of India & drive through the Crawford Market, Marine
Drive & Flora Fountain. Check-out at 1200 hrs. Evening transfer to
railway-station for overnight journey to Aurangabad.
Day 03 Aurangabad
Morning arrive Aurangabad and transfer to hotel followed by breakfast.
Full Day excursion tour of Ajanta Caves. Ajanta Caves are 106 kms from
Aurangabad and date back to the 2nd century BC. The 30 rock hewn caves
are adorned with Buddhist sculpture and the frescoes portray in epic
form the religious and secular life through eight centuries. Overnight
Day 04 Aurangabad
After breakfast, excursion visit to Ellora Caves (29 kms) encompassing
34 rock cut shrines representing Buddhist,Hindu & Jain art dating from
the 4th to 9th century A.D. The most remarkable among them is the
Kailash Temple, meant to be a replica of Lord Shivas celestial abode -
Kailash is the best example of Rock cut architecture and an engineering
marvel. Overnight Aurangabad.
Day 05 Aurangabad / Hyderabad
After breakfast, Day free. Check-out from the hotel 1200 hrs. Evening
transfer to railway-station for overnight journey to Hyderabad.
Day 06 Hyderabad
Morning arrive Hyderabad and transfer to Hotel followed by breakfast.
Afternoon tour of Hyderabad. Visit Charminar - Rectangular Four Arched
Monumental Gate often described as the -The Arch of Triumph of the East,
The Mecca Mosque & visit the Salar Jung Museum - one man collection of
Manuscripts, ancient weapons, costumes & curios. Also visit the High
Court building. Overnight Hyderabad.
Day 07 Hyderabad / Chennai
After breakfast, Day free or optional tour to Golconda. Check-out at
1200 hrs. Evening transfer to railway-station for overnight journey to
Day 08 Chennai
Morning arrive Chennai. Transfer to hotel followed by breakfast.
Afternoon city tour. Visit the Museum to see the Art and Bronze Gallery.
Drive through the Flower and Fruit market, High court, Fort museum,
Marina Beach, Santhome Cathedral and snake park . Overnight Chennai.
Day 09 Chennai / Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram /
Full Day excursion tour of Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram. Late evening
transfer to railway-station for overnight journey to Trichy.
Kanchipuram (64 kms from Chennai) is the ancient capital of the Pallavas
famous as a city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. The first
temple dedicated to Shiva was built in the 7th and 8th century and has
paintings on the walls. Temples of Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha , Sri
Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy are of interest. Kanchipuram is also famous
for its silks.
The city of Mahabalipuram is famous for the seven pagodas. Here on the
seashore is an interesting group of ancient rock hewn temples which are
the examples of Dravidian style of Architecture.
Day 10 Trichy
Morning arrive Trichy and transfer to hotel followed by breakfast.
Afternoon tour of Trichy. Trichy was the citadel of the Chola dynasty in
the medieval period. In the 18th century it witnessed the Carnatic wars
fought between the French and the English. Lord Robert Clive's house is
still there to see and so is the Danish Church. The Rock-Fort is the
landmark of Trichy. A climb of 434 steps leads to the ancient temple of
Ganapati on top and a further climb to a Shiva temple. Overnight Trichy.
Day 11 Trichy / Madurai
Morning drive to Madurai enroute visiting Tanjore, the beautiful Chola
Temple of Brihadeeshwara is capped by a monolithic cupola made of a
single granite block weighing 80 tons which was taken to the top with
the help of a 6 km long ramp, an old technique used by the Egyptians for
building pyramids. Its bronzes and handicrafts make Tanjore one of the
highlights of a visit to South India. Overnight Madurai.
Day 12 Madurai
After breakfast, visit the great Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the
consort of Lord Shiva. Later, visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace - A
gracious building in the Indo saracenic style, famous for the Stucco
work on its domes & arches. Also visit the Alagar Hills and Tirupara
Kundran Rock temple. Afternoon free. Overnight Madurai.
Day 13 Madurai / Periyar
After breakfast, drive to Periyar National Park. it extends to 777
square kms & forms part of the high mountain ranges, the Western Ghats.
Wild life can be seen while cruising on Periyar Lake in a motor boat.
Elephants, wild boar, sambar, tiger, leopard, wild dog, langur monkeys,
etc. can be seen easily. Overnight Periyar.
Day 14 Periyar / Cochin
After breakfast, drive to Cochin. Arrive and transfer to hotel.
Day 15 Cochin
After breakfast, city tour of Cochin. One of the finest natural harbours
on the Arabian Sea coast, Kochi, earlier known as Cochin, has been a pot
of call for foreign traders from early times. Cochin is the natural
harbour created by the famed underwater Malabar mud-banks whose quality
ensures that the rougher the seas are outside and the calmer waters are
within the Harbour. Vasco-de-Gama placed it on the world map. It has a
Jewish synagogue, Portuguese churches, mosques and Hindu temples. Watch
the Chinese Fishing Nets. Checkout at 1200 hrs. Transfer to
railway-station for overnight journey to Bangalore.
Day 16 Bangalore / Mysore
Morning arrive Bangalore railway station and drive to Mysore. Arrive and
transfer to hotel. Overnight Mysore.
Day 17 Mysore
After breakfast, visit the palace of the Maharaja built in 1911 - 1912.
The palace is of harmonious syntheses of the Hindu and saracenic styles
of architecture with archways, domes, turrets, colonnades and sculptures
which are magnificent. Visit the Art Gallery; drive upto Chamundi hill
to see Chamundeshwari Temple and a panoramic view of Mysore. On the way
back, see the Nandi Bull. Afternoon free. Overnight Mysore.
Day 18 Mysore / Bangalore / Mumbai or Delhi
After breakfast, drive to Bangalore airport in time to board the flight
for Mumbai or Delhi. Arrive & drive to city centre. Evening transfer to