So many people are taking vacations abroad these days that they seem to have forgotten how much there is to see in our own country. India is one of the most geographically and culturally diverse places in the world. It is rich in wildlife which itself varies from region to region. The weather too changes every few kilometres and so do the stunning landscapes. At one moment you are looking at vast pastures and colorful gardens and at the other you pass a rugged, barren terrain. Gushing rivers and waterfalls, lush green rainforests, snow-clad peaks, you name it and you’ll find it in India. Add to it the magnificent monuments mankind has built here over the years and what you have is one of the finest holiday destinations on the planet. Winter is an excellent month to travel in India and several tour operators offer fantastic deals around this time. One such tour operator which is known for its great service and lucrative deals is Cox and Kings. Under its Bharat Deko India tours section, Cox and Kings has some great offers for those who wish to explore India in all its glory. (ALSO SEE Cox and Kings international travel packages: 4 great travel deals for a memorable vacation) Here are five such amazing Bharat Deko India tours from Cox and Kings you must consider for your next holiday. Also Read - Indian players at Physical Disadvantage Due to Space Constraint During COVID-19: John Gloster
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Duration: 7 days 6 nights Also Read - 'Will Defeat Purpose of Lockdown': Nitish Kumar on UP Govt's Strategy of Arranging Buses For Migrant Workers
Cost per head: Rs 23,099
Places covered: Shimla, Manali & Chandigarh / Zirakpur
Himachal Pradesh is undoubtedly one of India’s most scenic states. Its topographic diversity makes it a great holiday spot. From the vast high-altitude Trans-Himalayan desert to snow-capped Himalayan mountain ranges, Himachal Pradesh has some of the most spectacular views one can ask for. Its dense green deodar forests, apple orchards and snow fed lakes together form the kind of stuff dreams are made of.
Itinerary: Your Cox and Kings Enchanting Himachal trip will take you to lovely attractions like the beautiful fill station of Kufri near Shimla. On your Manali leg, you will visit the 457 year old Hadimba Devi Temple followed by the amazing Solang Valley amidst snow capped mountains. This is also a great place to ride the cable car to the top and go paragliding. You will also check out the famous Rohtang snow point with a great view. Your trip will end at Chandigarh where you can visit the popular Pinjore Garden and Rock Garden.
Duration: 7 days 6 nights
Cost per head: Rs 22,877
Places covered: Chennai, Tirupati, Pondicherry & Thanjavur
India is called the land of temples and south India is the place to witness why this is true. Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are home to some of the most magnificent temples. Their architectural brilliance will leave you spellbound. The south eastern coast of India has some amazing and serene beaches which are great places to surf and also provide spectacular views.
Itinerary: Your Cox and Kings Southern Odyssey will begin at Chennai where you will check out popular attractions like St. George Fort, the Kapileshwara temple and the Mylapore Temple. You will also visit the famous Marina Beach known as the second longest beach in the world. You will then head to Tirupati to pay your respects to Lord Venkateswara at the Tirumala Balaji temple. This will be followed by a long drive to Puducherry, a former French colony whihc is now popular for its vibrant personality and attracts tourists from all over the world. Here you will check out Auroville and spend some leisure time absorbing the wonderful ambiance of this beautiful destination. You will then head to Thanjavur to visit the famous Brihadeeshwara Temple, one of India’s finest shrines. Its marvelous architectural details are renowned all across the globe. Your trip will end back in Chennai after completing your perfect Odyssey which will leave you with a strong taste of south India.
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Devotional Tour of Maharashtra
Duration: 7 days 6 nights
Cost per head: Rs 28,874
Places covered: Nashik, Shirdi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai
Locate in the western part of India, Maharashtra is a wonderful state full of lush green hill ranges thanks to the Western Ghats. It is also home to some of the most serene and picturesque beaches of India. The coastal towns of Maharashtra and its sleepy fishing villages makes for great destinations to get a sneak peek into the local culture of this belt. What Maharashtra is also famous for is the several amazing temples it is home to! Nashik, in particular, is a popular pilgrim spot with several tourists visiting it all year round.
Itinerary: Your Cox and Kings tour will begin from Mumbai with a visit to the Sula Vineyards, Sundarnarayan Temple, and Sita Gufa enroute Nashik. Sula vineyards in particular is one of Maharashtra’s most popular holiday spots located amidst lush greenery. The scenic route is a great drive too. You will visit the famous Shirdi Sai Baba shrine and spend the night at Shirdi. This will be followed by a visit to the Shani Shignapur temple enroute Aurangabad where you will check out the Ajanta caves which are a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will have an entire day of sight-seeing at Aurangabad where you will visit the Ellora Caves, Siddarth Garden, Panchakki (Water Wheel) and Daulatabad fort. You will also visit the Bibi Ka Maqbara which is known as a replica of the magnificent Taj Mahal or ‘Dakkhani Taj’. Your trip will end in Mumbai as you take the picturesque route back.
For bookings, visit the Cox and Kings website.
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