If India and Sri Lanka are close sisters in the family of South Asia, India could be the graceful elder sister and Sri Lanka could be the lovely little one. From the magnificent ancient forts to the colonial-style churches, from Hinduism to Buddhism, and from Bengal tigers to Asian elephants, this 15-day tour including India and Sri Lanka will take you to the discover the most splendid history, to experience the most colorful culture, to enjoy the most idyllic countryside, to track the most lovely animals, and to meet the most sincere smiles.
- Visit the great monuments in Delhi to find the trails of the great dynasties in Indian history.
- Witness a wonder of the ancient world, the Taj Mahal, and feel the true love that sparked its creation.
- Explore Jaipur to experience the colorful culture of the 'Land of the Kings', Rajasthan.
- Touch an adorable baby elephant living in Pinnawalla Elephant Orphanage.
- Discover various plants in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kandy, which is the best tropical botanic garden in the world.
- Experience the toy trains of Sri Lanka to enjoy fantastic views of the tea plantations and the ocean.
- Explore the lovely town of Galle to discover the modern history of Sri Lanka.
Itinerary in Detail
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Welcome to India. Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport and then escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day will be your free time.
Start your Delhi tour with the sacred Jama Masjid, which is the biggest mosque in India and a combination of the Islamic and Indian cultures. The red sandstone and the white marble are 2 obvious features of the architectures of Mughal Empire Imagine how magnificent and solemn it is when 20,000 Muslims pray there. Afterward, travel around Chandni Chowk by rickshaw to get a glimpse of the local people's lifestyle in Old Delhi.
In the afternoon, continue your visit to Qutub Minar and Humayun's tomb. Listen to stories about the splendid dynasties that were created by Indian Muslims.
You will be driven to Agra, the erstwhile capital of the Mughal Empire, in the morning. After lunch, visit the magnificent Agra Fort, which is located on the Yamuna River. The sunlight in the afternoon makes the red color of the sandstone fort appear to be very bright, just like the glory of the Mughal Empire.
Dont forget to view the Taj Mahal in the distance in Khas Mahal, feeling the loneliness of Shah Jahan and his missing for his loved one.
Then you will visit Mehtab Bagh for a sunset view of the Taj Mahal.
Visit the Taj Mahal in the early morning. The closer you walk to this ivory-white marble mausoleum, the more moved you will be by the spectacular architecture and the true love that sparked its creation. Enjoy seeing the morning sunlight as it kisses the pure white building gently.
Visit the Itmad-ud-Daula (the baby Taj Mahal). Walk into the quiet rooms with carved windows to touch the broken marble walls with thousands of beautiful inlaid patterns.
You will be driven from Agra to Ranthambore in the afternoon.
Get up early for the jeep safari in Ranthambore National Park. Go back to your hotel for breakfast then spend the rest of the morning at your leisure, enjoying the various facilities available at your hotel. Late in the afternoon, you will have another jeep safari in the jungle.
Drive from Ranthambore to Jaipur in the morning. Have a short rest after arriving at Jaipur, Visit the less touristy Nahargarh Fort in the late afternoon. It was originally built to enhance the city defenses and eventually became a summer house for the royal family. The maharajas and their wives have gone forever now - only the monkeys live nearby, guarding this old but beautiful fort. Enjoy the sunset and a great view of Jaipur here. Don't forget to stop on your way back for the nice view of the water palace in the distance. It is like a fairyland for the maharajas in Jaipur.
Start your 'Pink City' exploration with the charming Amber Fort. Step back in time to the great dynasty. Be fascinated by the corridor with elegant pillars, the lovely colors of the patterns on the walls, and the shining mirrors in Sheesh Mahal.
In the afternoon, continue your visit to Jaipur's City Palace. The abundant exhibits will highlight what life was like for the maharajas of Jaipur. Then visit the Jantar Mantar. Be impressed by the wisdom of the ancient Indians.
Finally, stop at the Hawa Mahal on the way back. Take some great pictures of this landmark of the 'Pick City',
Fly from Jaipur to Colombo with a layover in Bangalore. When you arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport, our local representative will meet you in the arrivals hall. You will be driven to Negombo to check in to your hotel.
Although it has a sad name, Pinnawalla Elephant Orphanage is now a lovely home to wild elephants that were found wandering in the forests across Sri Lanka. By the banks of the Maha Oya River, you will see how the elephants are bathed and fed by the experienced mahouts.More than 60 elephants of three generations live at this sanctuary. Some of the baby elephants are bottle-fed while most of them live in the wild with daily care offered by the government.
You will be driven to Kandy in the afternoon.
You will explore Kandy, which is full of natural beauties and a rich history. To get a general impression of the city, you will start the day with a visit tothe National Museum of Kandy. Appreciate some relics dating back to the British colonial era. The museum building itself used to be the residence of the royal families and its architectural features show the aesthetic values of the ancient Kandyan Kingdom.
Your next steps take you into the massive site of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. This extensive temple complex was built to house the tooth relic of the Lord Buddha. According to legend, it helps whoever owns it to ascend the throne.
You will be impressed by the white buildings and the peaceful atmosphere in the temple. Local people go there dressed in white clothes and offer flowers to the Buddha.
After lunch, have a relaxing walk around Kandy Lake and then walk into the Royal Palace of Kandy. As early as the 14th century, the palace was home to King Vickramabahu III (1357-C1374) and the last king who lived there was King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha from 1798 until he was overthrown by the British in 1815.
After breakfast, enjoy the fresh air in the Royal Botanical Gardens. The area was built when King Vickramabahu III ascended the throne in 1371. The garden is divided into different themed sections, and you will visit the Orchid House, Palm Avenue, and the Spice Garden.
Then, transfer to Peradeniya Junction railway station and take the Expo Rail to Nanu Oya railway station in Nuwara Eliya, which is known as the Tea Country Train Ride. Enjoy the landscapes that change dramatically from plains to mountains laced with tea plantations, forests swaying in the breeze, and waterfalls making loud sounds, as well as seeing the lovely local people.
When you arrive at Nanu Oya railway station in the afternoon, you will be taken to your hotel by your driver and guide.
You will head for Udawalawe National Park in the morning. After checking in, have a rest in your hotel. Prepare for the jeep safari in the late afternoon. Recommended by the Lonely Planet, Udawalawe National Park is famous for Asian elephants, peacocks, crocodiles, buffalos, monkeys, and birds.
You will have another jeep safari in the early morning. Then head for Galle, which was founded by the Portuguese in the 1630s. Galle reached the height of its development during the Dutch rule after the Dutch East India Company took it over from the Portuguese. Now, it is a lovely town on the coastline in south Sri Lanka.
Explore the old town of Galle to understand the modern history of Sri Lanka. The town itself is small and easy to get around; however, an insightful tour guide will shed an interesting light on every historical building you visit. You will take a walking tour in Galle to visit some of its highlights.
Slow your pace and discover Galle Dutch Fort, the Dutch Reformed Church, Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Art Museum, and Community Tsunami Museum, walking you into the old days of Galle.
Board a train at Galle Railway Station and travel to Colombo. Enjoy the romantic train journey along the coastline. The wind from the Indian Ocean will be your last beautiful memory of Sri Lanka.
Upon arrival, you will be picked up by your driver and guide and then you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
We have selected hotels with different styles and for different budgets. Let us know your preferences and we will help you find the right one.
We recommend to experience palace hotels, heritage hotels, or nice resorts in order to get the high-quality service and to your experience.
Our Service Includes:
- Private transfers and English-speaking tour guide
- All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
- Hotel accommodation mentioned in the itinerary
- Breakfasts at hotels and lunches for every guided day
- Governmental taxes
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