- Luxury Experiences
- Beyond India
Duration: 14 Nights / 15 Days
Destination: Delhi – Jaipur – Agra – Delhi – Colombo – Dambulla – Kandy – Nuwara Eliya – Yala – Negombo – Bentota – Colombo
On arrival our representative shall meet you at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to hotel. Overnight hotel.
Day 02 – Delhi
After breakfast, you will start the day with sightseeing of Old and New Delhi. Highlights of sightseeing would be Jama Masjid – built between 1644 and 1656 is the largest mosque in India , the Red Fort – a fortress palace built by Emperor Shah Jahan is a UNESCO world heritage site, India Gate – War Memorial of 82,000 Indian soldiers who sacrificed their life in First World War, the Parliament – the headquarters of the government apartment, Qutub Minar , the tallest minaret of 73 metres of bricks in the world, the Mausoleum Humayun, Gandhi Memorial , erected in memory of father of the nation, Laxminarayan temple (Hindu Temple), and a Bangla Sahib (Sikh Temple). Fort is one of the most important historical monuments of India, embodies the long period of Indian history, a symbol of architectural beauty and power of the ruling dynasties of India. Evening you come back to relax the comfort of your Hotel.
Experience 1:During your visit to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, you will watch and if willing, join the voluntary group who are cooking the food called “langar” and served free to devotees of all cast and creed.
Experience 2: During your visit to old Delhi, you will enjoy a rickshaw ride around Chandni Chowk, oldest shopping street in Delhi.
Experience 3: You can ask to visit Akshardham Temple, the largest Hindu temple complex in the world intricately carved with flora, fauna, dancers, musicians, and deities. Overnight at hotel in Delhi.
Day 03: Delhi- Jaipur
In the morning drive to Jaipur. On arrival Jaipur transfer and check-into the Hotel.
Day 04 – Jaipur
After breakfast, you will go to Amber and its famous palace. Riding on elegantly caparisoned elephants, we approach the palace in the traditional way. The high gateways allow us to enter on these broad-backed animals. Inside, we will find lavish courtyards, beautifully decorated halls and the Chamber of Mirrors.
Later sightseeing tour of Jaipur city, visit Jantar Mantar, an observatory, which is equipped with instruments of astonishing size and precision, including a 90 foot high sun dial which is remarkably accurate, We will also see the ornate and elaborate Palace of Winds, the Hawa Mahal, a famous landmark of Jaipur and the City Palace museum.
Experience 4: In evening explore the ‘Bazaars’ in the old city on a Rickshaw.
Day 05 – Jaipur – Agra
Morning drive to Agra 235 Kms. 5 hrs. drive approx. en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri (Old Deserted town of Mughal Dynasty) Jama Masjid, The Buland Darwaza, Palace of Jodha Bai, Birbal Bhawan & Panch Mahal. On arrival at Agra check into the hotel
Experience 5: Spend your evening enjoying the amazing Mohabbat The Taj show that depicts the romantic love story of Emperor Shajahan and his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal in the famous theater Kalakriti Cultural and Convention Center. You will be blown away by the creative dance and dramatic lighting with the 12’ x 12’ Taj Mahal replica as well as the lavish lifestyle of the Mughal Empire. (Closed in the months of May, June and July)
Day 06 – Agra – Delhi
Today morning we shall take you for a city tour covering -Taj Mahal – a poem written in white marble, the most extravagant monument ever built for love, Red Fort – a visit to the fort in ‘Agra’ is a must since so many of the events which lead to the construction of the Taj took place here, Itmad-ud-Daula’s Tomb – The tomb is of particular interest since many of its design elephants overshadow the Taj
Afternoon we shall drive you to Delhi 205 Kms. 5 hrs. drive approx. On arrival transfer to the Hotel. Overnight in Delhi.
In the evening enjoy farewell Dinner from the compliments of Vilasa Luxury.
Day 07 – Delhi – Colombo
On time transfer to the International airport to board the flight to Colombo. On arrival at Colombo Airport, you will be met by our representative. You will then board a waiting vehicle to be transferred to your Hotel. On the way to your hotel, our representative will brief you on Sri Lanka and explain your program in brief. Upon arrival at the hotel, you will be offered a welcome drink, and shown to your room.
Afternoon commence city tour of Colombo.
Colombo a drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street – the Goldsmith’s quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, where is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749. The historic Dawatagaha Mosque and the former Eye Hospital are two buildings in Cinnamon Gardens worth looking at. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and the Independence Square.
Overnight stay at hotel in Colombo.
Day 08 – Colombo – Dambulla
After breakfast leave for Polonnaruwa.
Experience 6: En route visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage – Started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants, the orphanage has grown to be a big family today. A unique experience never to be missed.
In the afternoon commence city tour of Polonnaruwa.
Polonnaruwa – the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th – 13th Century, contains some splendid and spectacular statues. Lankatileke, Tivanka and Thuparama are the most beautiful and largest shrine ruins and Tivanka has the best example of frescoes of the Polonnaruwa period. Rankot Vihara and Kiriwehera are well preserved large stupas, and Gal Vihare – a rock shrine, has four Buddha statues, two seated, one standing and one reclining and Parakrama Bahu statue are examples of Sinhalese stone carver. The Vata-da-ge is a unique creation of the Sri Lankan artists.
Later transfer to Dambulla. On arrival in Dambulla check in to Hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel in Dambulla.
Day 09 – Dambulla – Kandy
After breakfast climb the Sigriya rock fortress.
Sigiriya is home to the 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the fortress. Within its triple-moated defence the huge rock rises almost to a sheer height of 500ft. On its summit are the foundations of what was once a great and sumptuous palace and gardens complete with swimming pool. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of Frescoes of life sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original colour.
Thereafter leave for Kandy. En route visit Dambulla Cave Temple, a spice garden and batik factory in Matale.
Dambulla is a vast isolated rock mass 500ft high and a mile around the base. Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century BC. The caves of Dambulla sheltered the King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found on the Island.
Spice Garden at Matale and see the luscious Cinnamons, Cardamons, Pepper plants etc. You can also purchase your requirements of spices.
Batik Factory where you can see the manufacture of beautiful Batik prints. The shop contains a wide variety of Batik items.
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kandy
Day 10 – Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast commence city tour of Kandy, including Upper Lake Drive, Market Square, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and the Royal Botanical Gardens.
Kandy – the hill capital. Venue of the annual Perahera. The last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings was finally ceded to the British in 1815. Kandy is an example of the Buddhism’s influence in Sri Lanka today. Temple’s shrines and monasteries keeping alive Buddhist traditions are everywhere.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic – ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession.
Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya, Sixty Seven hectares of exquisite beauty and botanical treasurers containing more than 4000 species, this is haven not only for Scientists but to every nature lover as well.
Thereafter proceed to Nuwara Eliya, visiting a tea estate and factory en route.
Overnight stay at hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 11 – Nuwara Eliya – Yala
After breakfast sightseeing of Nuwara Eliya.
Nuwara Eliya – The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coldest places on the island, but is really just like an England spring day although the temperature does drop at night.
All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence. Houses are like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions.
Afterwards proceed to Yala via Bandarawela, Ella & Wellawaya.
Afternoon safari at Yala National Park.
Yala is a haven for Fauna both indigenous and migrant. Bird concentrations are by the Lagoons/Salvers. Here are thousands of Flamingoes, Assemblies of spotted Billed Pelicans, Spoonbills, Cormorants and various species of Herons. Pheasants, Pea Fowl, Peacocks and the Wild Fowl are found in hundreds. Wild Buffalo and herds of wild Elephants are a common sight. Whether it is birds or animals you have them all at Yala.
Overnight stay in Yala.
Day 12 – Yala – Negombo
After breakfast leave for Negombo. En route commence sightseeing of Galle.
Galle – Sri Lanka’s most historically interesting town is Galle. Built on a premonitory rock in the south of the Island. It was a major port until about 100 years, but today still handles shipping and sailing boats in the natural harbour.
Stroll around the Light House and harbour or visit the old town where you can see the traditional lace makers and carvers and purchase some the finest shell-craft souvenirs in the world.
Overnight stay in Negombo.
Day 13 – Negombo – Bentota (260 kms/6 hours)
After breakfast leave for Bentota. On arrival in Bentota check-in to Beach Resort. Rest of the Day at leisure. Overnight stay in Bentota.
Day 14 – Bentota
Full Day free at leisure on the Beach. Overnight stay in Bentota.
Day 15 – Bentota – Colombo – Departure
On time transfer to International Airport for your departure flight.