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Amritsar
2 nights – 3 days

Amritsar is the main centre for Sikhs in terms of cultural, religious and political history. It is home to the Harmandir Sahib, also known the world over as the iconic Golden Temple, the spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikh religion. The Golden temple is the cradle of Amritsar, with the city growing around it, nurtured by its divine sancity. Amritsar chequered history includes the massacre at Jallianwala Bagh in 1919. Today, Jallianwala Bagh commemorates the martyrs, keeping the tragic eposide in its historical context. Within an hour’s drive from Amritsar are several Sikh religious sites to visit; the Baba Bakala, Govindwal Sahib, Tarn Taran, and Baba Sahib, attract the devout. The drive takes through the heart of rural Punjab with lush green paddy fields, tiny villages, and robust farmers. Close to Amritsar, the Wagah Border is a ceremonial spot on the India-Pakistan Border, where each evening there is an impressive retreat ceremony called ‘Lowering of Flags’.

HOTELS:-
Catgory A :- Ista (Breakfast only)
Catgory B :- Country Inn & Suites (Breakfast only)
Catgory C :- MK International (Breakfast only)

Vaishnodevi
2 nights – 3 days

Vaishno Devi mandir is one of the holiest temples dedicated to Shakti, located in Jammu and Kashmir. In Hinduism, Vaishno Devi, also known as Mata ranio and Vaishnavi, is a manifestation of the Mother Goddess who is worshipped here in the forms of Maha Kali, Maha Saraswati, and Maha Lakshmi. The deity is said to fulfill the wishes of her devotees, and almost eight million devotees pay homage to Mata Vaishno Devi  every year. The temple is nestled in the Trikuta Mountain. Perched at a height of 5,200 feet above the sea level, Vaishno Devi is visited throughout the year , but the path is difficult during the winters when the route is often blocked by snowfall. Devotees usually stay at Katra, and walk the 12 km to the temple. There is no idol of Mata Vaishno Devi inside the cave, only three rocks known as Pindies. Darshan for Mata Vaishno Devi is open 24 hours, throughout the year. Vaishno Devi is not merely a Hindu pilgrimage; it is a site of spiritual cleansing and resuscitation for the heart that truly seeks the divine.

HOTEL:
Category A:-Country Inn & Suites (Breakfast only)

vaishnodevi

Mussoorie
3 nights – 4 days
Mussoorie, the get away to the Garhwal Himalayas, came into existence in the 1820’s or so, when the British colonials tried to escape the scorching heat of the plains…. The distinct ambience of a British hill station envelops you here. The main artery of Mussoorie is the Mall. Running through Kulri Bazar, on towards Library Chowk, the Mall offers an amazing variety of pastimes, including haggling and bargaining with rosy-cheeked Tibetians. From the Mall, a cable car goes up to Gun Hill. The thrill and excitement of reaching Gun Hill in a cable car is coupled with the promise of rare, mesmeric views of the great Himalayan peaks. The highest point that one can visit around Mussoorie is the famous Surkhanda Devi Temple at 10,000 feet, 35 km down the Mussoorie-Tehri road. Perched on a peak, the temple demands a stiff 2 km from devotees. At an altitude of 4,500 feet, Kempty fall is perhaps the biggest attraction.

HOTELS:
Category A:- Park Sylverton (Breakfast only)
Category B:- Surbee Resort (Breakfast & Dinner only)

Shirdi
2 nights – 3 days
Known primarily as the abode of the great Saint Sai Baba, the sacred town of Shirdi exudes an immense sense of spirituality and mysticism, much in contrast to its surprisingly tiny size. Covering an area of little more than 2 sq km, this small town is situated near Nasik and draws hundreds of worshipers and followers of the noble sage throughout the year. Sai Baba is believed to have visited Shirdi when he was just sixteen years old, and stayed on here for around 80 years. During this period, his teachings on love, patience, compassion and religious tolerance attracted people from various faiths, who thronged to the town to hear Baba’s discourses and experience the numerous miracles credited to him. Today, Shirdi is a hallowed place and honoring Sai Baba. The most significant sight in Shirdi is the Samadhi Mandir, home of the spiritual leader’s interred remains. This beautiful, white marble statue of Sai Baba does not belong to any single tradition but to all mankind.

HOTEL:
Category A:- Sun n Sand (Breakfast only)

sai baba

Mount Abu
2 nights – 3 days
Mout Abu, situated at a height of 1,219 meters above sea level, is the oasis in the desert land of Rajasthan. The world famous tourist destination is famous for its Jain temples and its natural beauty. Situated admist lush green forested hills on the highest peak in the Aravali range, Mount Abu is home to lakes, waterfalls and green forests. The hill retreat has a very cool and soothing climate, thanks to the rich flora and fauna covering the entire hillside. The Dilwara Jain temples here have been compared to the Taj Mahal for their sheer elegance and beauty in marble. Built between the 11th and 13th century, themarble for these temples was brought all the way from Makrana, and the best workmen and craftsmen were employed to ensure the finest quality of sculpture. Intricate carvings decorate each portion of these temples, which are dedicated to Jain Tirthankaras. Guru Shikar, the highest peak of Mount Abu, is also perhaps the most beautiful. There is certain serenity about the temple built atop this peak. Inside is a shrine of Datta-traya, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

HOTEL:
Category A:- Cama Rajputana (Breakfast &Dinner only)

Goa
3 nights – 4 days
Goa is a paradise of virgin beaches, fun-loving people, pretty whitewashed chapels and churches that dot the landscape, and sleepy little villages among the rice fields. Goa is known for its Gothic churches, crumbling forts, palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves, ferry rides, bubbly folk music…and the famous afternoon siesta! In 1510, the Portuguese conquered Goa, and they have left behind traces of culture and customs that mingle with the Goan costal peoples’ simple lifestyles, to create the quintessential Goan way of life. Goa is all about relaxed lifestyle, enlivened by the Goan love for music and dance, spiced up by its superb cuisine. The largest of the churches in Goa, the Se Cathedral is in Old Goa and is flocked by thousands of tourists every year. The holy shrine of Basilica of Bom Jesus, also in Old Goa, houses the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. It is a famous pilgrimage center among the Roman Catholic World.

HOTEL:
Category A:- Alila Diwa
Category B:- Casablanca

goabeach

Mahabaleshwar
3 nights – 4 days
Nestling in the western ghats of Maharastra, at an altitude of 1372 meters, is the cool misty resort of Mahabaleshwar. Mahabaleshwar derives its name from the presiding deity  ”Mahabali” whose shrine at the old Maheshwar Temple is a major attractionfor worshippers and tourists. Overlooking the Krishna and Koyna valleys, Mahabaleshwar opens up a whole world of picturesque delight. With an air of unspoilt beauty, it is a paradise for nature explorers. Numerous majestic mansions built during the days od british, still stand as monuments of the raj. Lingmala waterfalls present an enthralling sight of cascading water as it scatters from atop a steep cliff into thin silver streaks, often encircled by rainbow colors. Mahabaleshwar’s 30 exotic viewpoints provide one with a spectacular access to the ultimate in fascinating landscapes. Some points can be reached by motorable roads, whereas others can be reached on foot. Mahabaleshwar offers myriad activities-boating, fishing, horse riding, trekking and playing golf on the gorgeous nine-hole golf course built on the edge of a cliff! Aboat ride on the tranquil, crystal-clear waters of lake Vena entices one beyond appreciation.

HOTEL:
Category A:- Evershine, Keys Resort (Breakfast only)

Lonavala
2 nights – 3 days
Lonavala is set amongst the Sylvan hills of Western Ghats, and is a popular getaway from Mumbai and Pune. Known as the jewel of Sahyadri, it offers prestine woods and valleys, gushing waterfalls, historic caves, and scenic vistas. The surrounding hills were strong hold of the Maratha rulers, who practiced guerrilla warfare from here, against Moghuls and later the British. Its other famous cousin town, Khandala lies just 5 Km away. Karla and Bhaja caves are located 11 Km from the town and are a must visit. These rock cut cave temples date back to 2nd century BC and exhibit one of the oldest and finest examples of Bhuddist rock cut temples. The town’s many artificial lakes are Bushy, Tungarli and Pawna. Fishing is allowed on these lakes. Lonavala takes on a special charm during the monsoons, when the clouds drift into the mountains creating a beautiful mist, and waterfalls come gushing down with force.
HOTELS:

Category A:- Dukes Retreat(breakfast only)
Category B:- Sahil Sarovar Portico(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Mahabalipuram
3 nights – 4 days
Mahabalipuram lies on the Coromandel Coast, just 60 kms from Chennai.  It was the second capital of Pallavas who ruled Kanchipuram. The Pallavas were pioneers in art and architecture, and Mahabalipuram is the best showcase of their skill and talent... a fabulous “open air museum” of sculpture under the open sky. The Panch Rathas or Five Rathas temples are the five most important of the nine rock-cut temples found in Mahabalipuram. They are dedicated to the five Pandava brothers from the epic Mahabaratha, and their wife Draupadi. Also famous in Arjuna’s Penance, the massive rock cut bas relief sculpture, depicting the story of Arjuna. The world famous shore Temple is a five-storied structure made of finely cut granite, and one of earliest and most important structural temples. The spire is decorated with carvings and sculptures. UNESCO has listed it among the world heritage sites.

HOTELS:
Category A:- Radisson Temple Bay (Breakfast only)
Category B:- Ideal Beach Resort (Breakfast only)

Pondicherry
2 nights – 3 days
Pondicherry is referred to by names such as ‘India’s Little France’ and ‘The French Riviera of the East’. This territory was under French rule for around 280 years. It still retains its French flavor, seen in the colonial mansions, beautiful boulevards, promenades, and street names on signboards. The world renowned Shri Aurobindo Ashram was founded in the year 1926, by Shri Aurobindo, a revolutionary turned Yogi from Bengal along with The Mother (Mira Alfassa), a French painter and sculptor. The ashram attracts people from all over the world. The central courtyard of the main ashram building has flower festooned memorials of the Mother and Shri Aurobindo under a firangipani tree. Pondicherry is the township of  Auroville... recognized as the first and only internationally endorsed ongoing experiment for the cultural, environmental, social and spiritual needs of mankind.At the very centre of Auroville is the ‘soul of the city’, the Matrimandir (Temple of the Mother). The Matrimandir emerges as a large golden sphere, rising out of the earth, symbolizing the birth of a new consciousness.

HOTELS:
Category A:- Le Dupleix (Breakfast only)
Category B:- Promenade (Breakfast only)

Ooty
3 nights – 4 days
Ooty, Ootacamund or Udhagamandalam is known as the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’. Nestled in the Nilgiri Hills, it is situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level. Ooty is a feast foe the eves, with its lofty mountains, dense forests, and acres and acres of tea estates. The term Nilgiri or Blue Mountains came about because of the blue which the hills seem to be enveloped in, due to the color of the eucalyptus trees growing there. The Botanical Gardens in Ooty cover 22 acres. A must visit is to Doddabetta peak... the highest point (2623 meters) in the Nilgiris, at the junction of the Western and Eastern Ghats. The Raj Bhavan, built in 1877 by the Duke of Buckingham, is a sprawling, cream-colored mansion, overlooking the Botanical Gardens... it stands as a silent remainder of the pomp and grandeur of days of the Raj.

HOTELS:
Category A:- Holiday Inn (Breakfast only)
Category B:- Sullivan Court (Breakfast only)
Category C:- Lake View Resort (Breakfast only)

ooty

Chikmagalur
3 nights – 4 days
Nestled at 3,400ft in the Sahyadri Mountains of the Western Ghats, Chikmagalur is situated in the south-western part of Karnataka. Barely 250km state capital Bangalore, it lies at the foothills of the Baba Budan range and offers an ideal getaway for those looking at a quite weekend. The town offers unending vistas of mountains, streams, and coffee and pepper plantations. Chikmagalur is a trekker’s delight, with its rugged mountain trials. A number of rivers, such as Bhadra, Hemavathi, Tunga, Netravathi  and Vedavathi, originate in the hills surrounding the town. It was here that coffee was first cultivated in India in 1670 by Baba Budan, a Muslim Saint who brought coffee seeds from Yemen. Today, the area is known for the quality of its coffee. One can visit the Bhadra wildlife sanctuary, and the Sharadamba and Vidyashankara Temples.

HOTELS:
Category A:- Serai (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Category B:- Gateway (Breakfast)

Guruvayur
2 nights – 3 days
Guruvayur, aptly called the Dwaraka of the South, is one of the most significant pilgrimage centers in India. The idol of the famous Sri Krishna Temple here is said to have been worshipped by Lord Bramha himself. Everyday endless waves of men, women and children pour in for darshan (audience) of Lord Guruvayur (Lord Krishna). The Temple is renowned for its healing powers. Several offerings are made to the deity here from the simple ‘Archana’ (offering of flowers) to the expensive and elaborate ‘Udayastamana’ pooja or ‘Thulabharam’ where a devotee is weighed against offering of bananas, sugar, jaggery or coconuts. Guruvayur is the site for weddings and Annaprasanam, the first feeding ceremony of child. The Guruvayur Temple has unique architecture... it is not massive or grand but simple in keeping with the style of Kerala houses. Its four gateways lead to the main gopuram (where the idol is installed). Again, in true Kerala style, the temple owns 36 mighty elephants that live at Pannathur Fort, 4 km north of the temple. Nearby Kaladi is an important pilgrimage center since it was the birthplace of Sri Adi Shankaracharya, one of India’s foremost philosopher-saints.

HOTEL:
Category A:- Kanoos Reidency (Breakfast only)

guruvayur temple

Madurai
2 nights – 3 days
One of South India’s great temple towns, Madurai is synonymous with the celebrated Meenakshi Temple. Situated on the banks of river Vaigai, Madurai was capital of the Pandya Kings, and an important cultural and commercial centre as early as 550 AD. The Meenakshi Temple is the heart and life line of the 2500-year-old city of Madurai. The complex houses 14 magnificent Gopurams or towers, including two Golden Gopurams for the main deities. Ancient Tamil classics mention that the temple was the center of the city and the streets radiated out like a lotus and its petals. Also famous is Gandhi Memorial Museum at the Tamukkam Palace. The museum houses the history and relics of the freedom movement. It was in Madurai that Gandhi first donned the loincloth that earned him the epithet ‘The Naked Fakir’, and it was here that the Meenakshi Temple first opened its doors to the ‘untouchable’ Harijans. The Koodal Azhagar Temple, one of the 108 dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and the Thirumalai Nayak Palace are worth a visit.

HOTELS:
Category A:- Heritage (Breakfast only)
Category B:- Fortune (Breakfast only)

madurai meenakshi temple

Rameshwaram
2 nights – 3 days
Known as the Varanasi of South India, Rameshwaram is a major pilgrimage centre for Hindus, for both Shaivaites and Vaishnavites. It lies on an island in the Gulf of Mannar, at the Indian Peninsula. It is a major historical and cultural centre and is considered the mythological place from where Lord Rama built the bridge to Lanka, in order to cross over and rescue his wife Sita. Supposedly, this is also the place Where Rama worshipped Lord Shiva to cleanse away the sin of killing Ravana. Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga represents the southernmost of the 12 Jyotirlingams of India, and has been a time honored pilgrimage center held on par with Banaras. The Rameshwaram Temple Jyotirlinga is associated closely with the Ramayana and Rama’s victorious return from Sri Lanka. The temple is spread over an area of 15 acres and has lofty gopurams, massive walls and a colossal Nandi. It also boasts of a 4000 feet long pillared corridor with over 4000 pillars, supposedly the longest in the world. Worth noticing fact about this corridor is that the rock is not indigenous to the island and is said to have been brought in elsewhere in Tamil Nadu across the sea. Sri Lanka is at a distance of 24 kilometers from Rameshwaram.

HOTEL:
Category A:- Royal Park (Breakfast only)

rameshwaram

Wayanad
2 nights – 3 days
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala is famous for its tigers and leopards, along with the other wildlife that one can find here. The sanctuary is an extension of Bandipur National Park in Kerala at its southern border. The flora of this Wildlife sanctuary comprises most deciduous forests, though the climate also supports evergreen forests on the higher ridges. Major fauna species here include the tiger, leopard, sloth bear, wild dog, jackal, elephant, and Indian fox. Kalpetta is the district headquarters of Wayanad and famous for its Jain temples. Ananthantha Jain temple is one of the landmarks of this town. The Glass temple of Kottamunda is located around 22km off Kalpetta and dedicated to Parsvanatha, the Jain Tirthankara. The mirrors on the inner walls of the temple reflect the icons inside the sanctorum of the temple.

HOTEL:
Category A:- Vythiri Resort(Breakfast  & Dinner)
Category B:- Vythiri Village(Breakfast  & Dinner)
Category C:- Rain Country Resort(Breakfast  & Dinner)

wayand

Coorg
3 nights – 4 days
Coorg, or Kodagu lies at an altitude of 1,525 m on the Western Ghats in Karnataka, and is noted for its scenic beauty. Hiking, cross-country, or simply motoring down mountain trials in Coorg, the visitor encounters panaromic views of the morning mist rolling down thickly wooded hill slopes. The British left behind a legacy, which is still an important source of national wealth... the well-laid coffee plantations in Coorg account for almost half on Karnataka’s coffee production. Postcard pretty with their red tiled cottages and purple flowering shrubs, the Kodagu towns have an old-world charm about them. Madikeri, the district headquarters at an elevation of over 5,000 feet above sea level, provides access to some excellent picnic spots including the picturesque Abbey Falls. Visitors can trek to the top of Tadeyendamol, the highest peak in the region and view the Arabian Sea in the distance.

HOTELS:
Category A:- Orange County (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Category B:- Heritage Resort (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

coorg

Kabini
3 nights – 4 days
Kabini is one of the most popular wildlife destinations of Karnataka, probably because of its easy accessibility, lush green landscape, surrounding a large picturesque lake, and fantastic sightings of large herds of elephants. Situated on the banks of the River Kabini, this forest reserve is spread over 55 acres of forestland, steep valleys and water bodies. Once the Private hunting lodge of Maharaja of Mysore, Kabini was a shikar hotspot for British Viceroys and Indian Royalty. Now, it is considered one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka, famous for its spectacular wildlife and birdlife. If any animal rules Kabini, it is the elephant. The forest reserve houses the single largest congregation of Asiatic elephants (estimated at around 6,000.) Besides the elephant, you are likely to spot langurs, chitals, sambar, bison, sloth bear, pythons and crocodile... if you are lucky, the tiger and leopard. The reserve is also home to around 250 species of birdlife.

HOTELS:
Category A:- Orange County (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Category B:- Kabini River Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Bandipur
2 nights – 3 days
Bandipur, established in 1931, is a wonderful wildlife centre. Tourists visit this place to admire the breathtaking beauty of nature and also to enjoy a quiet vacation far from the hustle and bustle of the city. This is located in the district of Chamarajanagar. Bandipur was built by the Maharajas of Mysore and is situated in the Nilgiris. The Kabini, Moyar and Nugu Rivers drain the area. Besides the rivers, there are many seasonal streams flowing through the region. This place is under Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and is also the first Biosphere Reserve of the country. Bandipur was the chosen site for Project Tiger. This is an initiative taken by the Government of India to protect the endangered species. The number of tigers has increased ever since. The place is also home to a large number of animals like Elephants, Hornbill, Sambar, Wild Dog, Giant Squirrel, Deer, and Partridges. There are also a few endangered species including Four Horned Antelope, Panther, Sloth Bear, Python, Mouse Deer, Pea Fowl and many more. Besides animals tourists can see some exotic trees including Bamboo, Sandalwood, Teak, Honne and Mathi. Two wildlife sanctuaries are also attached to this place: the Waynad Sanctuary and the Mudumalai Sanctuary. This place mostly has an open forest area which makes it easy for the tourists to see animals. There is no human settlement inside the Reserve but there are almost 200 villages around the area. This place makes for an excellent tourist spot and is a must-visit to soak in the beauty of nature.

HOTELS:
Category A:- CICADA Resorts, Bandipur (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Category B:- Wind Flower Spa & Resorts (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

bandipur

Yercaud
2 nights – 3 days
Yercaud is known for Coffee Plantations and Orange Groves. The lofty hills of extraordinary scenic beauty are endowed with a salubrious climate. This quiet little hill station on the Shevaroy hills of the Eastern Ghats is the only one of its kind in Northern Tamil Nadu. Coffee and citrus fruits, most notably oranges, are grown in abundance apart from bananas, pears and jack. Scenically, Yercaud is as enchanting and picturesque as the hill stations on the Western Ghats and trekking here can be one of the most pleasurable ways to pass time. The first thing that attracts a visitor is the lake. It is a picturesque pool surrounded by gardens and well wooded trees. Before getting into this coffee-plantation hamlet, you can drive through the textile town of Salem to pick some bright handloom fabrics at half the price you would pay elsewhere.

HOTEL:
Category A:- GRT Nature Trials (Breakfast only)
Category B:- Lake Forest Hotel (Breakfast only)

yercaud

Mudumalai
2 nights – 3 days
A part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and adjacent to Bandipur National Park and Wynad Sanctuary, Mudumalai is located on the tri-junction of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. It is one of South India's richest wildlife sanctuaries in terms of bio-diversity, and part of it is known as Masinagudi Sanctuary. Spread over an area of 321 sq. km, Mudumalai has thick wooded hills, plateaus, deep valleys, waterfalls, and rivers. Located at an altitude of 1,000 m, it is the closest to the Nilgiri mountain range and is divided from Bandipur by the Moyar River. Mudumalai is one of the most important conservation efforts in India and was established as far back as 1940. Mudumalai is known for its magnificent herds of wild elephants. Besides this you can also see tiger, leopard, gaur, hyena, jackal, sloth bear, sambar, chital, wild boar, porcupine, giant flying squirrel, bonnet macaque, and langurs.  Around 200 species of birds inhabit Mudumalai, among which are crested hawk eagles, crested serpent eagle, Malabar trogon, Malabar whistling thrush, large racket-tailed drongos, among others.

HOTEL:
Category A:- Tiger Paw (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Category B:- Jungle Retreat (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

mudumalai

Dandeli
2 nights – 3 days
Situated on the riverbanks of Kali river, Dandeli falls in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, which has an interesting culture, drawing influences from both Karnataka and Maharashtra. It is the ideal destination for nature lovers as it offers a mix of adventure sports and wildlife. The Kali River, the Western Ghats in the background and the surrounding reserve forests, throw up various activities for adventure- and eco-tourism. The star attraction is the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, the second largest sanctuary in Karnataka.  It is a large expanse of dense deciduous forests, with lush vegetation, flowing streams and trekking paths. It is home to almost 200 species of birds and some rare wildlife such as the black panther, flying squirrel, flying snake and slender loris. The entrance to the park is 12 km from the town, at the Kulgi Nature Camp. A great way to get acquainted with the wildlife is to try the open jeep Safaris accompanied by in-house naturalists. You can also trek with a guide and explore the highlights such as Sykes Point, the highest point in Uttara Kannada district, which gives a captivating view of the backwaters of the famous Supa Dam. While there, don’t miss the 300 ft tall, Syntheri Rock, a monolithic
granite rock.

HOTEL:
Category A:- Bison River Resort (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Category B:- Jungle Lodges Kali Wilderness Camp (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Category C:- Hornbill River Resorts, Dandeli (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

dandeli