What's Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • First Class Hotels
  • Breakfast and Dinner Daily
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • Guided Tours
  • International Airfare from NY
  • Administrative Fee
  • Other Meals as Listed

Additional Baggage and Optional fees may apply.


Daily Itinerary

Day 1 Day 1 – Depart the USA 

Depart the USA 

Day 2 Day 2 – Arrive in Chennai 

On arrival, you will be greeted and assisted by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Formerly known as Madras,Chennai is often called the cultural capital of India for its deep-rooted traditions and enduring heritage. The city’s many beaches, temples, forts, and colorful festivals attract tourists from all over the country. On arrival in Chennai transfer to your hotel. 

Day 3 Day 3 – Chennai / Mahabalipuram 

After breakfast visit St. Thomas Mount. Atop the hill stands the St. Thomas Mount Church, a sacred site associated with St. Thomas. Pilgrims visit the church for its religious importance. Accessible by a flight of steps, the summit offers panoramic views of Chennai. Also see the Little Mount. This small hillock is where St. Thomas sought refuge in a cave. The summit features a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Good Health, and pilgrims visit the site for its spiritual ambiance and to see the cave where St. Thomas prayed. Later visit St. Mary's Church inside Fort St. George, built by the British East India Company in 1640 AD. St. Mary's Church, is one of Asia's oldest Anglican churches. Visit the Santhome Cathedral Church, a historical ancient pilgrim center, built during the period 14-15th century AD. This Cathedral, near Chennai beach, got its name from St. Thomas. A museum is on the grounds nearby, and its main attraction is a 16th-century map of South Asia and the belongings of the Holy Apostle Thomas. Later continue to drive to Mahabalipuram.  

Day 4 Day 4 – Mahabalipuram

After breakfast visit the Shore Temple. This beautiful and romantic temple, ravaged by wind and sea, represents the final phase of Pallavas art. Since 1984, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is believed that long ago, there were seven such temples and six were victims to the natural elements of erosion. This awe-inspiring temple has three shrines: one dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the other two to Lord Shiva. The frothy waves coming from the Bay of Bengal, form a striking backdrop to the temple, protected by rows of rock-carved bulls. Also see the The Five Rathas, also known as Panch Rathas a set of rock temples. Built by Pallavas, these are five monolithic temples are built in the same shape as pagodas and greatly resemble the Buddhist shrines and monasteries. In Mahabalipuram, there are eight mandapams (shallow, rock-cut halls) scattered over the main hill; two of them were left unfinished. Their adorable internal figures and sculptures are interesting to see. One of the earliest rock-cut temples is the Krishna Mandapam. It features carvings of a pastoral scene, showing Krishna lifting the Govardhana Mountain, to protect his kinsfolk from the wrath of Indra. On the hill, rests a dangerously balanced boulder named Krishna's Butterball, named after his legendary affinity for fresh butter. This granite rock weighs over 250 tons and stands miraculously on a slippery area of a hill. This unique structure has raised many questions regarding its formation and the way it is glued to a slippery hill, without even moving an inch.  

Day 5 Day 5 – Mahabalipuram / Pondicherry 

Drive to Pondicherry, and on the way visit Auroville, described as “the City of Tomorrow”. It was envisioned as a Universal Town, where people from different nationalities, faiths, and beliefs could live in peace and harmony. Today Auroville is recognized as the first and only internationally endorsed ongoing experiment in human unity and works to research sustainable living and the future cultural, environmental, social, and spiritual needs of mankind. Continue to Pondicherry which  bears the imprint of its colonizer’s culture, especially in its architecture. On arrival in Pondicherry, transfer to the hotel. This evening you can explore the nearby beach.  

Day 6 Day 6 – Pondicherry / Villupuram Train to Madurai

After breakfast, visit the famous Sacred Heart Basilica. The Eglise de Sacre Coeur de Jesus, stands out as an oriental specimen of Gothic splendor. It contains rare and beautiful stained glass panels depicting events from the life of Christ. The Eglise de Notre Dame de la Conception Immaculee, on Cathedral Street, was first built in 1692. The Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, in Rue Dumas, is notable for its masonry - which uses the finest of limestone mixed with the white of the egg - making for a texture identical to that of white marble. Later visit the Notre Dame des Anges, which is a beautifully built church facing the ocean. You can spend time exploring the promenade beach nearby, a vibrant and culturally rich area in Pondicherry, offering a blend of natural beauty, historical landmarks, and a relaxed atmosphere. In the afternoon, travel on the Villupuram Railway station to board a train to Madurai. Located along the banks of Vaigai River, Madurai is also called the “Athens of the East”. A place of great historical and cultural importance because of its temples, monuments, and ancient cultural wonders. Upon arrival in Madurai, transfer to the hotel.  

Day 7 Day 7 – Madurai

After breakfast visit the spectacular Sri Meenakshi Temple. It is almost 2000 years old and the temple museum contains 985 richly carved pillars. Potramai Kulam or Golden Lotus Tank is the place where the Tamil educational society called Sangam met to discuss the work presented to them. Visit the Tirumalai Nayak Mahal palace, the place where Thirumalai Naicker lived and held his court. The rest of the day is at leisure. After an early dinner drive in cycle-rickshaws to the Meenakshi-Temple to witness the night ceremony, in which Lord Shiva is symbolically carried in a palanquin accompanied by musicians, temple singers and priests to the temple of his consort Parvati. Enroute Shiva visits other deities before entering his wife's temple to spend the night with her.  

Day 8 Day 8 – Madurai / Periya

Dive to Periyar National Park situated in the hills of the Western Ghats. The centerpiece of Periyar National Park is the 5,500-hectare Periyar lake formed by the construction of a dam on the Periyar River in 1895. Periyar is a veritable paradise of elephants. Herds of playful wild elephants can be seen near Periyar Lake, their favorite haunt for frolicking in the water. On arrival in Periyar, transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon enjoy a fascinating and informative visit to a spice plantation.The visit will enable you to have a deeper understanding of how the spices (used in everyday cooking) are grown, harvested, and processed before they find their way to your local supermarket. Late in the afternoon enjoy a Kalarippayattu show at a local center. Kalarippayattu, the oldest form of martial arts is a gift to the modern world and known as the mother of all martial arts.  

Day 9 Day 9 – Periyar / Bharananganam / Kottayam / Kumarakom 

After breakfast, visit Saint Alphonsa Catholic Church in Bharananganam, Kerala. It is dedicated to Saint Alphonsa, the first canonized woman of Indian origin in the Catholic Church. After her death in 1946, her tomb at the church became a pilgrimage site, attracting visitors seeking intercession and miracles. Continue to the outskirts of Kottayam and visit the Tomb of Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara. It is located at St. Joseph's Monastery in Mannanam. Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara was a prominent figure in the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church and played a key role in the spiritual and educational development of the region. Visit Kumarakom. This exotic backwater hamlet endowed with lush thick greenery, verdant and spanking fresh shrubs and bushes, paddy fields, coconut groves and mangrove forests overwhelmingly covering every vacant inch of land and water lilies and algae embroidering the fringes offer a flabbergasting treat to the thirsty eyes. On arrival in Kumarakom, transfer to the hotel.  

Day 10 Day 10 – Kumarakom

After breakfast, enjoy a morning at leisure and enjoy your lakeside resort. Later in the day drive to the nearby jetty and enjoy an excursion on the beautiful backwaters onboard a houseboat, on the famous backwaters of Kerala. You will sail past thatched houseboats with modern conveniences in the waterways and canals for 600 miles of cruising in a labyrinthine water world. Today the canals connect villages in a self-supporting ecosystem teeming with aquatic life. Lunch will be served onboard the houseboat. Later drive back to the hotel for an overnight stay.   

Day 11 Day 11 – Kumarakom / Cochin

After breakfast drive to Cochin or Kochi, an important port city on the southwest coast of the country. A prominent trading center on the Indian spice trading route since the 14th century, it was occupied by the Portuguese in 1503 and later by the Dutch and the British. The blending of the architectural styles of the colonizers with that of the natives has created a unique cityscape. Set on a cluster of islands with the azure waters of the Arabian sea to one side and Kerala’s emerald backwaters to the other, Cochin truly is the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”. Visit the following in Cochin – Chinese Fishing Nets - It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here. Oddly, these nets are found only in Kochi, outside China! St. Francis Church It is the oldest church built by Europeans in India. The Dutch Palace was originally built by the Portuguese. Later, in 17th century, the Dutch modified it and presented it to the Raja of Kochi.  

Day 12 Day 12 – Cochin

After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Kodungallur to visit Mar Thoma Church. This Orthodox Church features the blending of Protestant Reformation ideal with eastern forms. The form of Christian faith is not American faith, but Indian faith. Continue to the St. Thomas Church founded by St. Thomas. You can also visit the Muringoor Divine Retreat Centre, to get an insight into the strong Christian traditions existing in India. The Cranganore region is also known for the earliest advent of Islam into India and arguably the first mosque in India. Later drive back to Cochin. In the evening enjoy a Kathakali dance drama in a public theatre. Witness the strength and vigor of a Kathakali dance drama, as it enacts episodes from great Indian epics.  

Day 13 Day 13 – Cochin

Embark on a pilgrimage to the Catholic Church in Malayattoor which involves not only a spiritual journey but also a physical one. The ascent to the Malayattoor Hill, often referred to as Kurisumudi or the Mountain of the Cross, entails a small trek through scenic trails surrounded by lush greenery. Pilgrims, with a spirit of devotion and determination, navigate the well-laid path, ascending to the elevated site where St. Thomas is believed to have left his footprint. The climb, though manageable, becomes a meaningful act of penance and reflection. Later drive back to Cochin. This evening you will embark on a captivating cruise through the Cochin Harbor during the enchanting evening hours, where the warm hues of the setting sun illuminate iconic landmarks like the Marine Drive, Chinese fishing nets, and Bolgatty Island.  

Day 14 Day 14 – Return to the USA

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your flight back home. Return home with vibrant memories and a lasting impact from your pilgrimage.  

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Day 14 – Fly to Jaipur 
Jaipur - Capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan, Jaipur is also known as the “Pink City” due to the color of its buildings. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727 CE, the city’s plan followed a grid system, making it the only planned city of its time. With its innumerable sagas of traditions, culture and practices, Jaipur is a sensory treat for tourists from all over the world. On arrival in Jaipur, transfer to your hotel.  
 
Day 15 – Jaipur 
After breakfast, explore Jaipur. Begin with a Photo stop at the Hawa Mahal Palace, the most well-known landmark of Jaipur city, built by Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. Next visit the Amber Fort - Set high on a picturesque and rugged hill, it is a principal attraction in Jaipur. The fort was declared as UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013. In the afternoon visit the Jantar Mantar, a collection of architectural astronomical instruments. The Jaipur observatory is the largest and best preserved, inscribed on the World Heritage List as "an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period". In the late afternoon enjoy a Rickshaw ride through the old city in Jaipur. Explore the walled city of Jaipur in these unique and custom-designed, eco-friendly rickshaws driven by well-trained ladies, all from the slums and low-income areas of Jaipur. From the picturesque lanes and by-lanes to the many palaces, it will take you through the many attractions starting from Tripolia Bazaar, then to Hawa Mahal, Badi Chaupar, Choti Chaupar, Ajmeri Gate, Chodha Rasta and ends at the Albert Hall or vice versa. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Day 16 – Jaipur / Abhaneri / Agra 
After breakfast drive to Agra, On the way enjoy the visit of the Abhaneri Stepwell & Harshat Mata Temple for time to explore on your own - Abhaneri is a small village, famous for its stepwell, created for rainwater harvesting, a unique invention by the people of Abhaneri. The major attraction of Abhaneri is "Chand Baori" which is located in front of the Harshat Mata Temple and this colossal stepwell has a depth of 20 meters with 13 levels. Continue to Agra, located in the heart of Uttar Pradesh, on the banks of River Yamuna, Agra is a slow-paced, quiet town. Also known as the city of the Taj Mahal—one of the Seven Wonders of the World—Agra’s significance as the political center of the Mughal Empire ended when Shahjahan transferred his capital to Delhi.  Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Day 17 – Agra / Dehli 
In the morning enjoy the visit to the Taj Mahal during Sunrise - Muted but Soulful, the Taj Mahal popularly known as Crown of Palaces is a white marble mausoleum and a UNESCO World Heritage site.  As a testament to his love, the magnificent structure was built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in the loving memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.  After breakfast visit the Agra Fort - A UNESCO World Heritage site, The Agra Fort was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty till 1638, before the capital was shifted to Delhi from Agra. Late in the afternoon drive to Delhi.  Delhi has been the seat of power of several empires for about a millennium. It has been destroyed and rebuilt many times, and interestingly, some of its destroyers have also been its rulers. Delhi today is a potpourri of two distinct cultural lineages—Old Delhi and New Delhi. Juxtaposed against the immaculately planned New Delhi created by the British Raj, Old Delhi, which was once the capital of Islamic India, is a labyrinthine network of lanes and by lanes with crumbling havelis and formidable mosques. On arrival in Delhi transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Day 18 – Delhi 
After a leisurely breakfast explore Dehli. Enjoy a photo stop at the historic Red Fort – it was built to serve as the Mughal emperor Shahjahan’s residence. Next visit the Jama Masjid – This great mosque of Old Delhi is the largest in India, with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. In the afternoon explore New Delhi including a photo stop at the India Gate - At the center of New Delhi, it commemorates 70,000 Indian soldiers, who lost their lives fighting for the British Army, during World War I. Drive past the Govt. Buildings - New Delhi houses several government buildings and official residences, reminiscent of British colonial architecture. Later visit the Humayun's Tomb. This magnificent garden tomb is the first substantial example of Mughal architecture in India. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Day 19 – Return to the USA 
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your flight back home with memories of this vibrant country and its people. 

Departure Dates

  1. Monday, March 10, 2025
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  2. Tuesday, October 7, 2025
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