Fly USA to New Delhi.
You will be met and assisted at the International Airport by a representative upon arrival and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel.
Mumbairevels in its reputation as one of India's most dynamic and trendy cities. Crammed onto a narrow strip of land that curls from the coast into the Arabian Sea, Mumbai has metamorphosed from being a fishing settlement into a sprawling megalopolis of 16 million people. Mumbai has an enduring ability to create wealth. This is why; here you would find people from all backgrounds, all classes and all social strata coming together in search of economic prosperity and growth. Not to forget, the lure of fame and fortune that pulls one and all to this center of Bollywood entertainment.
Enjoy a city tour which includes the "Dhobi Ghat" a huge open air laundry, Mahatama Gandhi's House, the bustling bazaar around Crawford Market and the beautiful Jain Temple on Malabar Hill.
Today you will also witness the unusual site of Mumbai's "Dhabawallas" at work. Watch the lunch boxes being sorted for delivery from private homes to the work place. This 100 year old management system of collecting, sorting and delivery of over a million boxes is flawlessly executed on a daily basis.
This afternoon, walk to Mumbai's most famous landmark, the Gateway of India, the first sight to greet travelers to Indian shores during the British Raj. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. A visit to a local market is also included today.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Madurai. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel by private vehicle.
One of South India�s great temple towns, this ancient city on the banks of the Vaigai river has, over the centuries, been a rich repository of Tamil culture. The legend surrounding the origin of this town is that while Lord Shiva was looking down drops of nectar fell from his locks which resulted in the city being named Madurai or �The City of Nectar�. Some 2000 years ago it hosted famous gatherings of writers and poets which provide Tamil literature with some of its most enduring works. Today religion and culture remain a vibrant part of the city�s daily life.
This evening visit the Meenakshi Temple to witness the closing ceremony, where the idols of Sundareshwar (Lord Shiva) and his consort Meenakshi (Parvati), are taken in a procession and confined to the bed chamber.
Temples, Palaces and Gandhi Memorial.
This morning visit Meenakshi Temple and Thirumalai Nayak Palace. This afternoon visit Gandhi Memorial and Mariamman Tank and Thiruppurakundam.
Mr Ian Swain