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Duration: 11 nights/12 days
Cities: Delhi-Agra-Jaipur-Sanganer-Delhi-Bangalore-Mysore-Chennai-Mahabalipuram-Kanchipuram-Chennai
Highlights:  India is a shopper’s delight.  View the finest silks, fabrics, carpets, handicrafts, jewellery, marble and leather.  Buy only what your budget permits.  You travel the length of India witnessing its sites.
 
 
shopping tour indiaDay 1 - DELHI
The colour and romance of India greets you as you disembark from your jet in Delhi - India’s splendid capital. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel (check in time 12 noon). Overnight at hotel.


Day 2 - DELHI
Morning combined sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. In Old Delhi visit Red Fort see the halls of public and private audiences, Jama Masjid the largest mosque in Asia which forms a hub, drive past Chandni Chowk and visit Raj Ghat -the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi.
In New Delhi visit Qutab Minar - 234 feet high tower, nearby stands the Iron Pillar, the Tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun, the modern Hindu temple( Birla Mandir). Drive past India Gate (war memorial), President’s House, which was once the Viceroy’s Palace. Parliament House and Secretarial Buildings. Afternoon visit some of our internationally acclaimed boutiques: Ravissent Obsession etc, known for their varieties of Indian fabrics and dresses. Also browse through main shopping markets mainly catering to the needs of handicrafts lovers.

Day 3 - DELHI /AGRA
Depart by coach for Agra - famous for the timeless beauty of Taj Radiant at noon and Amber at dusk. Enroute visit Akbar’s Mausoleum at Sikandra, which is a fusion of Hindu and Muslim architecture, like the emperor himself. characterised the era. Continue your journey to Agra. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon visit the world famous TAJ MAHAL, built by emperor Shah Jehan, a greatest tribute to his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Mark Twain said of this monument “ You cannot keep your emotions within bounds, when that soaring bubble of marble breaks upon your view.” Taj Mahal is like a silent rhapsody that you will carry in your heart. Also visit Agra Fort an impressive cluster of palaces fortress and mosques on the banks of river Yamuna across the Taj Mahal. Later visit the Marble and handicrafts emporium, specialty of Agra. It is also famous for leather products such as shoes, bags, belts etc. Visit some of the emporiums and browse through the local bazaar. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 4 - AGRA-JAIPUR
jewellery shopping indiaMorning depart by coach for Jaipur. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, it is a perfect preserved city built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 as his capital. Visit the graceful buildings within the former city like Diwane-e-aam and Dewan-e-khas (halls of public and private audience), Jama Masjid, Panch Mahal and Tomb of Salim Chisti. Thereafter continue your journey to Jaipur. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon city sightseeing of Jaipur visiting the Maharaja’s City Palace which now houses a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine specimens of Rajput and Mughal paintings and weapons, visit the observatory and drive past Hawa Mahal the Palace of Winds and through the pink rose residential and business areas. Overnight at hotel.


 
 
Day 5 - JAIPUR / DELHI
Morning excursion to Amber Fort. You ride up to the ramp of this 11th century Bastion atop a gaily decorated elephant. Thereafter, proceed for Sanganer to see how the paper is made by hand and also see the hand block printing of fabrics.
Later visit an ethnic jewellery emporium for precious and semi precious stones. Afternoon depart by coach for Delhi. Arrive and check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.


 
 
Day 6 - DELHI
In the morning visit Janpath, well known shopping areas where a wide variety of cotton both party and casual wears are available. Later visit Tribhuvan Das Zaveri, a classy show room for best quality of jewellery. A short distance from Janpath, you can also visit a row of Government emporiums, where all kinds of handicrafts typical of India’s 25 states can be seen. Also visit the Hauz Khas Village and ethnicity is the keynote in the decor and products. Also visit an exquisite designer leather showroom of Rasulbhai Adamji and Co. where the names of dior and Cartier grace the collection. Overnight at hotel. (The shops are closed on Sundays)
 
 
Day 7 - DELHI
Morning transfer to airport to board flight for Bangalore. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour visiting Cubbon Park, which is a huge tree-studded lawn, spread over 300 acres with a number of public buildings gracing its boundaries. Located at one end of the park is the magnificent Vidhan Soudha built after independence, stands out by imposing Lal Bagh, laid some 200 years back, the gardens are spread over 240 acres and have a 1000 varieties of trees and plants. A Glass House built on the lines of the crystal Palace of London, is the venue of lower shows. Visit the Bull Temple built in Dravidian style of architecture. It is huge Nandi Bull carved out of a single grey granite. Visit Kid’s Kemp on M.G. Road, one of the Asia’s Largest fashion store & the main shopping market. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
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Day 8 - BANGALORE / MYSORE
(143 KMS)
Depart by coach for Mysore. Enroute visit Srirangapatnam. Thereafter, proceed for Mysore. Arrive and check in at hotel. Afternoon city tour visiting the Maharaja’s Palace, which is truly regal in its dimensions and elegance. The Palace was built in 1907. Visit the Jayachamrajendra Art Gallery, Chamundi Hill which is 13 kms from Mysore and has a Chamundeswari Temple onmits top. On the way to the temple there is a giant Nandi Bull, carved out of a single black stone. Mysore is known for Silk and Sandalwood. Visit handicraft emporium. Overnight at hotel.

 
 
Day 9 - MYSORE / CHENNAI
Morning explore the city on your own. In time transfer to the Railway station to board the train Shatabdi Express for Madras. Depart Mysore at 1415 hrs, Arrive Madras at 2220 hrs
 
 
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Day 10 - CHENNAI

Morning city tour visiting the Fort of St. George, built by the East India Company in 1640 A.D., St. Mary’s church within the fort is believed to be the oldest Anglican church in the East. Visit the High court buildings put up in 1861 are of interest for their Indo-sarcenic architecture. The Kapaleeshwara Temple is at Mylapore, 4.8 kms from the city centre. This is an ancient Shiva temple built in the Dravidian style. Visit the San Thome Cathedral and Marina Beach. Afternoon visit Moore market. Burma Bazaar., Victoria Technical Institute and Poompuhar, the Government handicraft emporium has articles of sandal wood, paper mache and bronze, both these are on the mount road. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 11 - CHENNAI
Full day excursion to Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram.
Mahabalipuram - famous for the seven pagodas. Here on the seashore is an interesting group of Dravidian style of architecture. The sculptors are more than 1200 years old. There are five chariots cut tour of rock in individual pieces and carved out intricately. See the world’s largest and tiniest stone Bas –relief 27 meters long and 9 meters wide depicting Arjuna’s penance. Kanchipuram known as the golden city of a thousand temples speaks of the gorgeous Dravidian heritage. These temples provide an opportunity to study the temple architecture in south India. Kanchipuram is known for silk. Visit Silk and handicraft emporium. Return to Madras, Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 12 - DEPART CHENNAI
In time transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.
 
 
 
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