I Popularity of Ayurveda and Wellness Tours in India is turning out to be an important cause for Tourism in India. Kerala is the only state which practices this system of medicine with absolute dedication in India. Today, this holistic science of healing is practised throughout India. However, the Kerala method is famous for its five-pronged treatment, Panchakarma, in which medicated oils, herbs, milk, massage and a special diet are used to cure all types of ailments.
Ayurveda, the ancient medical science, is Sanskrit word that is derived from two words ayur and veda which means Science of Life. Ayurveda finds mention in the oldest available texts, the Vedas. Ayurveda deals with both physical and spiritual health. This tradition of health and care (Wellness) was followed by the Dravidians and Aryans alike and has been practiced ever since. In the 5th century, there are historical references of some sort of crude system of healing prevalent in Kerala.
Today, Ayurveda is an undispensable branch of medicine – A complete naturalistic system that depends on the diagnosis of your body’s humour – vata, pitta and kapha – to achieve the right balance. It is a gift that India given to the world. We have various Wellness Tours of Kerala and Goa.
Delhi – Mandawa – Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Mount Abu – Udaipur – Pushkar – Jaipur – Agra – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Mumbai – Aurangabad – Mumbai – Goa - Mumbai
30 Day: Goa - Mumbai (By Air) – Hometown
29 Nights - 30 Days
01 Day: Arrival Delhi
Meeting and assistance on arrival at the International airport, our representative welcome you and escort you by a private car and transfer to the hotel, whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would introduce the tour to you and hand over the documents to you. Overnight at the hotel.
02 Day: Delhi
After breakfast take sightseeing tour of historic city visiting Old Delhi: the majestic Red Fort, a marvel in red sandstone, Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, both built by emperor Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame, Rajghat - memorial of Mahatma Gandhi & a Rickshaw ride past through the silver street in Chandani Chowk; later take sightseeing tour of New Delhi visiting Rashtrapati Bhawan, one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war; the Laxmi Narayan Temple, built by the Birlas, one of India’s leading industrial families; Humayun’s Tomb, lotus shaped Bhai’s Temple, Qutub Minar , built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty. In the evening you can visit see Light and Sound show at Red fort. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
03 Day: Delhi – Mandawa: (275 kms - 5 hours)
After breakfast checkout and drive to Mandawa, on arrival transfer to the hotel. After lunch and relaxation visit at Mandawa town, stroll through the bustling bazaars and pick up things of your interest. Evenings there is a special program of music and dance performed by local artists, participate in the dance and feel the life of the people and their hospitality. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
04 Day: Mandawa - Bikaner (185 kms – 4 – 5 hours):
After breakfast visit the Shekhawati region an important town of the years gone by, to see number of remarkable Havelis and Castles in the nearby towns of Nawalgarh and Laxman Garh. These havelis are museums in themselves, numerous havelis built by the rich merchants as their residence in 18th and 19th century. After lunch, check out the hotel and drive to Bikaner on arrival transfer to hotel. After relax, take an excursion tour to Deshnok to see the Temple of Karni Mata – at this temple rats are held sacred & roam freely within the temple complex. Spotting a white rat in this temple is believed to by lucky. Evening free for relax. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
05 Day: Bikaner – Jaisalmer (330 kms - 6 hrs)
After breakfast take a sight seeing tour of Bikaner covering Junagadh Fort - constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Rai Singh, fort has a 986 meter long wall with 37 bastions & two entrances, Bhand Sagar Temple - The 16th century Jain temple, is the most important temple of this complex, Later check out the hotel and drive to Jaisalmer, if time permits en route visit to Pokhran Fort, though not as grand a fort as some of the others in Rajasthan has a few exquisite palaces like the Mangal Niwas, the Rani Mahal and the Phool Niwas or the Flower Palace, after visit continue to drive to Jaisalmer, on arrival transfer to the hotel. Rest of the evening free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
06 Day: Jaisalmer
After breakfast take a sight seeing tour of Jaisalmer covering Jaisalmer Fort, built on the highest point of the Tricuta hill, consisting of 99 bastions. Outstanding features are Megh Durbar & various temples, Salim Singh-Ki-Haveli & Patwon-Ki-Haveli - some of the beautiful mansions with stone carving and latticework of breath taking intricacy, visit followed by Gadisar Lake. Later after lunch drive to Sam Sand Dunes - 45 kms en route visit the ancient Temple of Lodurwa, Amar Sagar and Mool Sagar Complex, built in 1815 AD, The complex also houses a summer palace where some beautiful paintings and pictures are displayed. On arrival at Sam Sand Dunes and transfer on Camels and enjoy camel safari to discover the various sights and sounds, the ruins and the temples in and around Jaisalmer in an authentic and leisurely fashion with entertainment by folk performers, visits to villages, and chatter from colorful guides thrown in. After safari drive back to Jaisalmer for overnight stay.
07 Day: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur (290 kms - 5 ½ hrs)
After breakfast checkout and drive to Jodhpur, en route visit to Osian Village, ruins of an ancient city called Osian, an oasis in the desert, a drive to this ancient township takes one past undulating terrain, punctuated by desert stretches and little hamlets. Osian has 15 beautifully sculpted Jain and Brahmanical temples. Of these, the most outstanding ones are the earlier Surya or Sun Temple and the later Kali temple, Sachiya Mata Temple and the main temple dedicated to Lord Mahavira. After visit continue to drive to Jodhpur, on arrival transfer to the hotel. . In the evening you may opt to dine at On the Rocks a garden restaurant serving ethnic food followed by live music and folk dance, located at Ajit Bhawan. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
08 Day; Jodhpur - Mount Abu: (275 kms 5-6 hours)
After breakfast take a sight seeing tour of Jodhpur including Clock Tower, Mehrangarh Fort situated at an altitude of about 125 meters and is spread over an area of 5 sq. km and it has seven gates, Jaswant Thada is a white marble memorial built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh, followed by visit to Umaid Bhawan Palace which is a majestic Palace building that presently functions as a hotel and museum. After lunch check out the hotel and drive to Mount Abu. On arrival transfer to the hotel. In the evening you can visit Sunset point and Nakkhi Lake. Relax and overnight at the hotel.
09 Day: Mount Abu
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of natural attraction and splendid temples: Dilwara temples consisting of five Jain temples built at the beginning of the 11th century with intricate ornamental carvings represent the climax in the art of decoration in stone, followed by Gomukh temple, It is said that the temple was built on the spot where saint Vashishth performed a yagna to create four major Rajput clans. Next to it is the spring that is said to have emerged from the mouth of a rock shaped like a cow's head. This site now has a marble bull from whose mouth a stream of water flows. Nearby are statues of Nandi, saint Vashishth, Lord Ram, and Lord Krishna. Adhar Devi Temple, built on a rock cleave and one has to crouch under the rock to enter the temple. There are 365 steps that take one to the rock on which the temple is built. This temple dedicated to Goddess Durga, this is also a good site to get a panoramic view of the valley. Also visiting Bhramkumari temple. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
10 Day: Mount Abu – Udaipur (220 kms 4 - 5 hours):
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Udaipur en route visiting the Jain temples at Ranakpur Temples of 12 Century – The cluster of temples, made of intricately sculpted white marble, built out of marbles with 108 carved pillars each carved differently from others, come across as a marvelous souvenir of architecture. You may opt for lunch at Ranakpur at Maharani Baugh Palace. Later continue to proceed to Udaipur. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Evening free to relax, optionally you can take a walk through the narrow lanes and back streets of Udaipur up to the Washing Ghats at the Lake Pichola. Enjoy Boat ride at Lake Pichola and also opt for dinner at Lake Palace Hotel, located amidst the Lake. Overnight at the hotel.
11 Day: Udaipur
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Udaipur, visiting City Palace built in 1559, a small palace over looking at the Lake Pichola, the additions were made to it by successive Kings of Udaipur gradually evolved become the larges place in Rajasthan, Main attraction of Place are Durbar Hall, Crystal Gallery, Palace Museum and Jagdish Temple. Later visit Saheli Ki Bari that is a small ornamental garden built in the honour of Royal Ladies for recreational purpose and visit Lok Kala Mandal collection of folk art items like folk dresses, ornaments, puppets ,masks, dolls folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings. Opened seven days a week, puppet shows and folk dancing are conducted every evening from 1800 to 1900 in an adjacent open air theatre. & Shilpgram to see the village arts & crafts. Followed by visit to Eklingji & Nagda Temples - built in white marble with a double storied porch on the bank of Lake Bageela - 22 kms from Udaipur. Overnight at Udaipur.
12 Day: Udaipur – Chittourgarh - Udaipur (112 kms 2 ½ hours one way)
After breakfast take an excursion to Chittourgarh fort is the mightiest Fort in Indian History, The pride and glory of Rajasthan. A ruined citadel, where the royal past lives in its imposing forts, graceful palaces and spectacular 'chhatris'in the fort vicinity visit Kirti Stambha, Rana-Kumbha Palace, Padmini Palace, Meera Temple and Kumbha Shyam Temple and Kalika Mata Temple, State Archaeological Museum. Later drive back to Udaipur. In the evening you can enjoy boat ride at Lake Pichola. Overnight at Udaipur.
13 Day: Udaipur - Deogarh - Pushkar: (275 kms - 5 ½ hour)
After breakfast checkout and drive to Pushkar, en route visit Deogarh Mahal a fortified palace in the heart of Deogarh village, A castle of Medieval Rajasthan, converted into to a heritage hotel, you may opt for lunch here, also a Walk in the village or Local tribal,. On arrival at Pushkar, transfer to the hotel, evening free for relax or a walk at the Ghats of Pushkar Lake. Overnight at the hotel.
14 Day: Pushkar - Jaipur (130 kms 2 ½ hours)
After breakfast visit the only temple of Lord Brahma surrounded by Pushkar Lake. On the banks of the lake you will see devotees taking dip into the holy waters of Pushkar & offering prayers. Also visit the Pushkar Fair Site, which is right opposite the Pushkar Lake. Optionally you can visit to Ajmer Khwaja Dargah in Ajmer (11 kms). After lunch drive to Jaipur, on arrival transfer to the hotel. Later in the evening visit to Birla Temple, speculator marble temple, glitters in the in the night, later at the time of dinner visit to Chokhi Dhani - an ethnic 5 star resort serving Rajasthani & Continental cuisine with live music, astrology, games, folk dances and music, puppet shows in an ambiance of an ethnic village. Return to the hotel for overnight.
15 Day: Jaipur
Today after breakfast explore the Pink City with an excursion to Amber Fort, situated just outside the city, enjoy the experience of ride on elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the fort is situated. Afternoon sightseeing tour of City Palace in the heart of Jaipur is known for its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Not far away is the Central Museum. Jantar Mantar is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen, all monuments are located in the vicinity of City Palace Complex of Jaipur. Later late afternoon is kept free to visit the famous Markets of Textiles, Gems, Carpets, and handicrafts. Jaipur is an ideal place for buying souvenirs. In the evening take a cycle rickshaw ride to explore the colourful market of Jaipur city. Overnight at the hotel.
16 Day: Jaipur: (Excursion) - Samode - 45 kms - 1 hour) - Jaipur
Today morning take an excursion to Samode, (- the old caravan city of Samode locked up in its walls and dominated by the castle, on arrival after refreshment visit at Samode Palace, the Sheesh Mahal- the hall of mirrors. Late afternoon take camel cart ride to explore the Samode Fort and the semi desert village of Samode, witness the culture and traditional of villagers. Later in the evening drive back to Jaipur. Overnight at the hotel.
17 Day: Jaipur - Agra: (230 kms - 4 hours)
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Agra, en rout stop over at Fathepur Sikri, the Old deserted town of Mughal Dynasty –Fatehpur Sikri built in red sandstone in honor of Saint Salim Chisti who foretold the birth of 3 sons to Emperor Akbar, is an example of robust stability combined with originality. Each important edifice here represents a type by itself. Notable among them is the Diwan-e-Khas entirely unique in its concept is a tall vaulted room with an intricately carved central pillar and capital supporting a platform that once held the emperor's throne. The airy Panch Mahal a 5 storied structure rising in pyramidal fashion was probably used by the ladies of the court. Set like a jewel in a courtyard of pink sandstone is the finest building here, the marble Tomb of Salim Chisti enclosed by finely carved, lacy marble screens. The Buland Darwaza, an imposing gateway 54 m high was built to commemorate Akbar's Aligarh the famous university town is a center of Islamic studies. Akbar built in 1492, The Tomb is combination of Muslims and Hindu Architectural styles. Later continue to proceed Agra. On arrival check in to the hotel. Optionally in the evening you may visit to the souvenirs market of Agra, one should visit Oswal Emporium where they have built a Mini Taj Mahal inside their showroom and it took 10 years for the artists to complete the mini replica of the Taj. Overnight at the hotel.
18 Day: Agra – Satna (By Train) for Khajuraho
Early morning visit to witness incomparable Taj Mahal with its’ speculative view at sunrise. Taj Mahal, the architectural modern day, the most beautiful monument among the Seven wonders of the world; this monument is a fine example of the fusion of many architectural styles is one of the wonders of the modern world. Taj, endowed it with some of the loveliest buildings in the world. The tour continues with a visit to the Agra Fort, designed and built by Akbar in 1565 A.D., built with barricaded wall of red sand stone; it houses the beautiful Pearl Mosque and numerous palaces including the Jahangir Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Am, Macchhi Bhawan, Nagina Masjid, Meena Bazar, Moti Masjid, Sheesh Mahal, Musamman Burj where from Taj Mahal is visible in all its beauty from one side of the fort. So very ironically, Emperor Sahahjahan, prisoner of his son Aurangzeb in his old age was put in a cell from where he could gaze at the Taj Mahal at a distance, from his cell in the fort. Later visit the Pearl Mosque and the Tomb of Itamad-ud-Daula built by Empress Noorjehan in memory of her father. Later check out the hotel and transfer to the railway station to board the night train for Satna (nearest railway station of Khajuraho) Overnight at the board.
Note: Taj Mahal is closed on every Friday.
19 Day: Satna - Khajuraho (118 kms – 2 ½ hours)
Assistant on arrival at Satna Railway stationin the morning. Then drive to the Khajuraho. On arrival transfer to the hotel. After breakfast explore Khajuraho, is worldly known for its magnificent temples of erotica built between 950 A.D. and 1050 A.D. Khajuraho - The very name, Khajuraho, arouses strange dreams even in daytime. Of full bodied feminine forms frozen in stone, so real that you wonder whether they might come alive at a touch. Khajuraho is world heritage town, the temples are scattered in an area of 8 sq km. After relaxation take a sightseeing tour of fascinating western group of temples. The temples of Khajuraho have been declared a 'world heritage' site by UNESCO in order to preserve the rich legacy of architecture, bequeathed to future generations by the Kings of the Chandela dynasty. These temples are famous for their intricate sculptures and erotic carvings that are one of the outstanding achievements of Indian art. Later take a sightseeing tour of Eastern group of Temples which consists of 3 Hindu and 3 Jain temples, their proximity attests to the religious tolerance of the times in general and of the Chandela rulers in particular, visit the Jain temples of Parsvanath, Adinath, and Shanti Nath. Also visit the temples of Vamana and Brahma/Hanuman both dedicated to lord Vishnu. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
20 Day: Khajuraho - Varanasi (By Air)
After breakfast checkout of the hotel and then transfer to airport to board the flight for Varanasi, assistance on arrival in Varanasi and transfer to the hotel. Relax for some time & take an excursion tour to Sarnath, located at 10 Kms from Varanasi where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon to the five holy men; visit at Dharmarajika Stupa The 110 ft tall Dhamekh Stupa marks the place where Buddha preached first sermon., also visit to Archaeological museum, the collection of ancient Buddhist relics and antiques comprising numerous Buddha and Bodhisatva images, also see the Ashok Pillar with 4 lions, built in 3rd Centaury BC., symbolize both Ashoks's imperial rule and the kingship of the Buddha. The four-lion capital was adopted as the emblem of the modern Indian republic. After visit drive back to Varanasi. Overnight at the hotel.
21 Day: Varanasi
Early morning take a boat ride for a pilgrimage from ghat to ghat. People bathe early in the morning to offer the prayers to the rising sun. The two cremation ghats are Manikarnika & Harishchandra where funeral pyre burns day and night. Every pious Hindu believes that to die in Kashi and to be cremated on banks of the Ganges is to attain release from the cycle of birth and death. Varanasi - Hindus holiest city and one of the oldest living cities in the world. Varanasi was already old when Rome was founded, a flourishing trade centre when the Buddha came to Sarnath to preach his first sermon. It was a city of great wealth and religious important when the Chinese travelers Hiuen Tsang visited in the 7th century. Half day, sightseeing tour of the city visiting the Bharat Mata temple with a big relief map of India in marble, Durga temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, Banaras Hindu University which has an Art Gallery and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb built on the site of an ancient Hindu temple. In the evening a walk through the myriad of narrow lanes in the old city, past the many ancient temples, shrines and little shops crammed with customers looking for the famous silver & gold brocades for weddings or even for cremation cloth. The most famous temple is the Kashi Vishvanath or Golden temple which, though off-limits to non-Hindus, can be seen from the top floor of the old house opposite it, strolling in narrow lanes of the colourful bazaar of ancient city. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
22 Day: Varanasi – Mumbai: (By Air)
After breakfast the morning is free at leisure. Later check out the hotel and transfer to the airport to board the afternoon flight for Mumbai, assistance on arrival in Mumbai at 1955 and transfer to the hotel. In the evening you can visit to ISCON Temple at Juhu. And can go to various city restaurant to enjoy dinner and experience Mumbai night life. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
23 Day: Mumbai
After breakfast takes a sight seeing tour of Bombay, drive to Gateway of India and from here cruise by motorboats to Elephanta Caves. A flight of 100 steps takes you to the top of the hill where it is set. The caves houses large pillars that seem to hold the ceiling which is made of cross beams. The picturesque presentations of the 9 marvelous sculptured panels, set on the walls are awe-inspiring. The most famous of the panels is the Trimurthi, or triple-headed Shiva, where the God is depicted as the destroyer, the preserver and the creator. Later in the afternoon cruise back to Gateway of India, one can have lunch at the Taj Hotel or other several good Restaurants like Leopold & Mondegar serving continental cuisines. Later visit Prince of Wales Museum, Parliament House, Marine Drive, Jain Temple, Hanging Gardens, Return back to the hotel for overnight.
Note: Elephanta Caves and Prince of Wales museum are closed on every Monday.
24 Day: Mumbai - Aurangabad (By Air)
After breakfast the day is free for leisure, you can visit renowned shopping malls Like Inorbit, Cross Road, West End with local fort market, fashion street, after lunch transfer to the domestic airport to board the Flight for Aurangabad. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Later half-day sight seeing of the city of Aurangabad. Overnight stay in the hotel.
25 Day: Aurangabad - Ajanta (105 kms - 1 ½ hours)
After breakfast for excursion to famous Ajanta caves. Ajanta is one of the few historical and architectural marvels of India. Recognized as the World Heritage Site today, it was discovered during the 19th century by a group of British officers who were on a tiger hunt. The Ajanta group of caves, located deep within the Sahyadri hills above the Waghora, depicts the story of Buddhism that prevailed here during 200 BC to 650 AD. Ajanta’s wondrous cave temples are cut into the rocky sides of a dramatic crescent-shaped gorge, at the head of which is a waterfall that drops over the mountain rim in a series of seven steps to a pool far below –deep inside the mountain are the Buddhist chaitya – vihara prayer and monastery caves. They cover a span of 800 years where under the royal patronage of ruling dynasties, professional artists helped Buddhist monks to create magnificent murals narrating the story of Buddha in his cycle of incarnations, while simultaneously creating a painted record of the panorama of life in ancient India. Etched and painted in mineral dyes, the paintings have a languorous stylized beauty and magical eloquence.
NOTE: The Ajanta Caves are closed to public on all Monday and Ellora caves on Tuesday
26 Day: Aurangabad – Ellora (30 kms – ½ hours)
After breakfast take a sight seeing tour of Ellora, one of the highly visited World heritage sites of India. It houses 34 monasteries and temples with some exclusive uninterrupted sequence of monuments that date back from 600 to 1000 AD. The temples of Ellora are dedicated to Brahmanism, Jainism, and Buddhism. A particular interest are the architectural marvel of the monolithic Kailasa Temple, the Buddhist Vishvakarma Chaitya and Vihara, the famous Jain cave number 32 famous for a magnificent Yakshi statue and ceiling paintings. It also has some of the excellent stonework depicting the legends related to Lord Shiva. After visit return to the Aurangabad for overnight stay.
NOTE: The Ajanta Caves are closed to public on all Monday and Ellora caves on Tuesday
27 Day: Aurangabad - Mumbai - Goa (By Air)
Early morning check out the hotel and transfer to the airport to board the flight for Mumbai, on arrival at Mumbai airport, onwards take a connecting flight to Goa on arrival at Goa, transfer to the beach resort. Evening free for relax. Overnight at the hotel.
28 Day: Goa
After breakfast, the day free to enjoy the beaches and amenities available at the resort. You can take a sightseeing tour of Old Goa – 10 km from Panjim, the basilica of Bom Jesus, the 16th century church dedicated to infant Jesus and enshrining the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, is one of the most important sight of Goa. The other Churches in the same area are St. Cathedral, with its vaulted interior, Church of our Lady of Rosary and Nunnery of St. Monica. The Aguada Fort built by the Portuguese commands the mouth of the Mondovi River and houses a lighthouse. And in the evening enjoy Cruise over Mondovi River. Overnight stay at hotel.
29 Day: Goa
The day is free for leisure and relaxes as per the hotel packages, entertainment, sightseeing, and recreations. Overnight at the resort. Today you can go (of your own) for Carville Cruise for casino and entertainment. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, check out from the hotel transfer to the airport to board the flight for Mumbai. on arrival transfer to the International airport to board the flight for hometown. On departure the tour concludes with happy memories