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Mamallapuram Heritage Trip with Archaeologist, 1Day Highlights: Mesmerising narration by a young Archaeologist, unheard stories, unseen places. Multi perspective covering History, Archaeological, Architecture & Mythological Visiting 7th Century Built monuments & temples – Rock-cut architecture, Shore temple, Lighthouse, Tiger caves, Arjuna Penance, All the Chariots (Rathas), Lighthouse, Mahishasura Mardini cave, Varaha cave, adhi Varaha cave temple, Ramanuja mandap, Varaha mandap, Thirumathi cave and so on. Walking around 2004 incident unearthed 2000 years old Subramaniya temple excavated site Looking at wonders of nature – Krishna Butter Ball, Sea Shell Museum Shopping seashells, stone sculptures and handicrafts And much more.. Price: Package A – Up to 6 to 8 Hours package price – Rs.6000 for 1 to 4 Persons and Rs.1500 Per Person (6 to 100 Years) for every additional Person. No fee upto 6 years. Package B – Combo of Curation and AC Vehicle – Rs.11000 for 1 to 4 Persons and Rs.1500 Per Person (6 to 100 Years) for every additional Person. No fee upto 6 years To pay: www.keyterns.com/paynow Please contact 9176088725 / 7550042234 / firstname.lastname@example.org to book. High level plan: 1. Pay to register. 2. Get the confirmation, 3. Meet the curator at venue 4. Curated trip to monuments and temples given in the ‘Places’ section. Photo album: Click here Cost Inclusions: Curation, Sightseeing as per plan published Cost Exclusions: Entry or Camera or Video fees including Foreigner / any food & beverages / optional items / anything other than inclusions. Note: Venue, Curator details, etc. will be shared once the registration is complete. Sequence given is indicative. Itinerary is subject to change To make payment: https://keyterns.com/paynow/ FAQs, Terms and Refund rules – https://keyterns.com/terms/. Further, trip specific terms are given as below. Package booking terms: 100% to be paid for booking. 100% money will be refunded if KeyTerns is not doing the trip or if the guest informs the curator before 24 hours of trip start time. Places Tiger Cave: Our trip starts with the visit to Tiger Cave, a fine rock-cut monument complex. It gets its name from the carvings of the tiger heads on the mouth of a cave which forms a part of the complex. Curator may pose a question and answer. Is it a sculpture of Tigers or something else? Why was ‘so called’ ‘tiger cave’ built? Is it incomplete? Do you see two elephant heads and what could they have been? Do you see one Lingam with three different designs and what do they mean? Do you see a nice storyboard sculpture where ‘Asura’ is indicating to stop the attack while the Goddess is chasing him and what’s the story? Saluvankuppam We now take you to another interesting excavated site. Do you know that a 2000 years old temple complex was discovered by a team of archaeologists left exposed by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami? Was it just a Pallava-era shrine? How did they conclude that it could have been 2000 years old? What materials were used? Interact with the curator during the trip to get more. What deity was worshipped in this temple 2000 years back and what was the evidence? Shore temple Do you know that the Shore Temple complex was named as ‘Seven Pagodas’? What does it mean and where are the rest of the temples? Who built the Shore temple? What’s the significance of the architecture? Is it unique? Arjuna’s Penance Arjuna’s Penance is one of the magnificent monuments of Mahabalipuram. This wonderful base air relief dates back to the mid-seventh century. Standing tall at a height of 43 feet, the monolith was carved on the face of two huge adjoining boulders, making its length around 96 feet. The majestic structure cannot be made out in photographs, it deserves to be praised by one’s own eyes. Now, you see a stunning sculpture of a depiction of an instance in the Indian epic ‘Mahabharata’. Do you know the Arjuna Penance story? Curator will narrate. Do you know that there is another story around sage Bhagiratha and what’s that? Along the wonderfully carved sculpture, you will see the sculptor’s touch of humour amid the holy – a cat mimicking Arjuna’s penance to a crowd of mice. Are you serious & curious to see that now? Pancha Rathas (Five Stone Chariots). Pancha Rathas is a monument complex at Mahabalipuram. Pancha Rathas is an example of monolithic Indian rock-cut architecture.The ‘Ratha’ temples are cave temples made of rocks. The rathas are regarded as the five rathas of Pandavas, the eminent characters of the Mahabharata. Krishna Butter Ball – natural or god’s creation or human made or alien made: We will visit this amazing wonder. This monolithic granite rock found in Mahabalipuram India, is over 20 feet in height. With its width almost equal to its height, it looks spherical in some angles but not a perfect sphere. It weighs over 250 tons and miraculously stands on an extremely small, slippery area of a hill. What’s the other name for this rock ball? Do you know that this rock was the inspiration to create the famous dolls and what they are? Lighthouse Next in the plan is to climb up new and old Lighthouses. They are stunning for photography and marvellous to see around from the top of them. The new lighthouse with a circular masonry tower made of natural stone was constructed in the 19th Century. Do you know that Mamallapuram was one of the oldest trading ports with foreigners and a 7th Century built old lighthouse is evidence? Sea Shell Museum Next stop is at the optional Sea Shell Museum, which is the largest seashell museum in India. It houses over 40,000 specimens of rare and unique seashells, fossils, shark teeth and whale fins which offers visitors an amazing visual treat and a unique perspective. Curator profile: Trip is curated by Vijay, an Archaeologist, Historian, Excavation Specialist, Researcher and a Wildlife Short film maker. He is doing his PHD in Archaeology. He is passionate in Heritage and Culture, is dedicated and has received several recognition, appreciations, certifications for his work. *Appreciation for our Archaeologist*: Archaeologist Vijay curated Mahabalipuram trip for a group of 8 from USA recently and got super good TripAdvisor feedback as attached. Latest reviews on Heritage trip – “It was one of the best experiences. …Vijay (archaeologist) was able to paint a wonderful picture around history, art, religion, science. Kudos.” “It was really a mind blowing experience to know our past culture in detail and ancestors’ artistic talents on each sculpture.” More on KeyTerns TripAdvisor page. – “Last weekend I went for a one day tour to Mahabalipuram / Mamallapuram, an UNESCO Heritage Site, 7th Century Built monuments & temples. It was wonderfully organized by KeyTerns team Srini and Balaji. The trip was curated by Vijay, a young Archaeologist, who explained the Pallava kingdom history in-depth in an awesome way. Even though I have been to Mahabalipuram / Mamallapuram earlier, this trip was quite different. It was highly informative and so entertaining, and I learned loads of historical information about the Pallava kingdom, Mythology and their mind-blowing architectural style. Thanks and kudos to the Keyterns team.” – Bala (http://casualwalker.com/pallava-kingdoms-mahabalipuram-mamallapuram-tour/)
2 Hours Chennai Museum walk with Archaeologist Chennai Egmore Museum, started in 1851, has rich collections. It is the second oldest museum in India after the Indian Museum in Kolkata. Museum has several galleries. To cover in detail, only Stone gallery will be covered in this walk. Highlights: Archaeologist curated Seeing rich and classic collection of artefacts. Understanding sculptors' creativity Hearing some mythological stories, India and Tamizh region's history Learn about Egmore Museum, its origin Much more... Latest reviews - "It was one of the best experiences. ...Vijay (archeologist) was able to paint a wonderful picture around history, art, religion, science. Kudos." "It was really a mind blowing experience to know our past culture in detail and ancestors artistic talents on each sculptures." More on KeyTerns TripAdvisor page. Cost: Rs.5000 upto 5 persons. Above 5 persons, charges would be Rs.1000 Per Adult, Rs.500 Per Child between 6 and 12 years. No fee upto 5 years. Please pay after getting confirmation on Booking: www.keyterns.com/paynow Please contact 9176088725 / 7550042234 / email@example.com for booking. High level plan: 1. Book first, 2. Get the confirmation, 3. Pay, 4. Meet the curator at venue and buy Museum tickets, 5. Join the Group Museum walk with the curator. Photo album: Museum Album - Courtesy - guests Cost Inclusions: 1. Curation by an Archaeologist Cost Exclusions: 1. Any fees to be paid to Museum (http://www.govtmuseumchennai.org/museum/), 2. Transport upto Museum. Anything not covered in inclusions. Notes: Venue, Curator details, etc. will be shared once the registration is complete. Sequence given is indicative. Itinerary is subject to change To make payment: http://keyterns.com/paynow/ FAQs, Terms and Refund rules - http://keyterns.com/terms/. Further, trip specific terms are given as below. Package booking terms: 100% to be paid for booking. 100% money will be refunded if KeyTerns is not doing the trip or if the guest informs the curator before 1 hour of trip start time. The curated trip will be conducted once a minimum of 6 persons register for the trip. Places to visit: Stone gallery at Chennai Egmore Museum. Page Museum Photo Courtesy: sendyl.travelogue Curator profile: Trip is curated by Vijay, an Archaeologist, Historian, Excavation Specialist, Researcher and a Wildlife Short film maker. He is doing his PHD in Archaeology. He is passionate in Heritage and Culture, is dedicated and has received several recognitions, appreciations, certifications for his work. #Museum, #Heritage, #Archaeologist, #KeyTerns, #Historian, #Sculpture, #Archaeology
About Rajasthan Rajasthan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, for both domestic and international tourists. Rajasthan attracts tourists for its historical forts, palaces, art and culture with its slogan "Padharo mhare desh'. Every third foreign tourist visiting India travels to Rajasthan as it is part of the Golden Triangle for tourists visiting India. Why should you visit Rajasthan? Wow Experience: Explore the magnificence of the Amber Fort and Mehrangarh Fort Off the grid experience for those seeking adventure Indulge in the charm of the city of Jodhpur Results Achieved: Enjoy Indian heritage and culture in the city of lakes in Jaipur Explore Jaswant Thada- an imposing marble cenotaph Best in class hospitality Why should you book through KeyTerns? Advantages: Best price, Covid protection guidelines, Making Easy: You need to just inquire. We will help you with information, planning, booking and travel. Features of the Trip Stay: WH Traditional Haveli in Jaipur, Polo Heritage in Jodhpur Food: Breakfast and dinner as included in package Activities: Visit to sightseeing places in Jaipur, Jodhpur Itinerary DAY 01: ~ ARRIVAL AT JAIPUR Upon arrival at airport, meet our representative and take a transfer to the hotel. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan. It was painted in pink shading a century back to pay tribute to a meeting sovereign. This city is 260 years of age and was built by Maharaja Jai Singh. Get relaxed & take rest at the hotel. After getting a rest visit Albert Hall followed by Birla Temple. Head back to the hotel in evening for rest OR you can spend the evening shopping for antiques and crafts in nearby market. Take a stroll through the streets and enjoy the vivid, rich beauty of the city on your own. Dinner and overnight stay at Jaipur. DAY 02: ~ SIGHTSEEING IN JAIPUR Early Morning After breakfast, head out to visit the Amber Fort. Also, visit the Jai Garh, Jal Mahal, Hall of triumph, Sheesh Mahal & Jantar Mantar. Toward the evening, go for a touring voyage through Jaipur. While in Jaipur also visit Maharaja’s City Palace. Drive past the Hawa Mahal. Dinner & Overnight at Jaipur Hotel. DAY 03: ~ JAIPUR – JODHPUR (350 KM – APPROX 6HRS.) After breakfast, check-out from the hotel. Then transfer to the Jodhpur. After Arrival Complete your easy check-in processes and relax in your bed. Jodhpur is a beautiful city that displays the rich crafts and culture of Rajasthan. Evening you can also visit Umaid Singh Palace. Overnight stay at Jodhpur Hotel. DAY 04: ~ SIGHTSEEING IN JODHPUR After breakfast, head out for sightseeing at the popular forts and Lakes here. Visit Jaswant Thada. This is a marble cenotaph built in 1899, in remembrance of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Uncommon representations of Jodhpur’s rulers are, likewise, to be seen at Jaswant Thada. And then head to Mehrangarh Fort. Rising opposite and secure from a slope which is 125 meters over Jodhpur’s horizon is the Mehrangarh Fort. Evening local market for shopping or wander on streets on your own. Later get back to Hotel. Dinner & Overnight stay at Jodhpur Hotel. DAY 05: ~ SIGHTSEEING IN JODHPUR After breakfast, head out for sightseeing. Start towards Mandore Garden. Then later Continue your drive to Osiyan Mata Temple (Shri Sachchiyay Mataji) Later get back to Hotel. Evening is free for leisure. You can spend it as per your own liking on your own. Visit the famous shopping places & local markets & indulge in shopping to your hearts contained. (ON YOUR OWN) Dinner & Overnight stay at Jodhpur Hotel. DAY 06: ~ DEPARTURE FROM JODHPUR After Breakfast you will be heading to Airport to board the flight for your way back home with the memory . Package Cost Twin Sharing Room: Rs.26,800 Per Person (Breakfast, Dinner) Inclusions : 05 nights accommodation on twin / double Sharing Daily breakfast & dinner at hotel Local sightseeing in Jaipur & Jodhpur All transfers on A/C Sedan Vehicle for local sightseeing & intercity transfers Fuel charges Toll tax & parking charges Driver loading & boarding allowance Exclusions Airfare Monuments Fees Personal Exp (Boat Ride/Elephant Ride/Phone Etc) Tips / Gratitude OR Cost of any optional tours / excursions Any expenses of personal nature such as porterage, laundry, telephone bills, minibar, etc. Anything not mentioned in inclusions
About Rajasthan Rajasthan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, for both domestic and international tourists. Rajasthan attracts tourists for its historical forts, palaces, art and culture with its slogan "Padharo mhare desh'. Every third foreign tourist visiting India travels to Rajasthan as it is part of the Golden Triangle for tourists visiting India. Why should you visit Rajasthan? Wow Experience: Indulge in the charm of the city of Udaipur Explore the magnificence of the Kumbalgarh Fort Off the grid experience for those seeking adventure Results Achieved: Enjoy Indian heritage and culture in Udaipur Sunset views in Mount Abu Best in class hospitality Why should you book through KeyTerns? Advantages: Best price, Covid protection guidelines, Making Easy: You need to just inquire. We will help you with information, planning, booking and travel. Features of the Trip Stay:Hotel Shree Narayana / Similar in Udaipur, Hotel Tiger Valley Resort / Similar in Kumbalgarh, Hotel Abu Grand / Similar in Mount Abu Food: Breakfast and dinner as included in package Activities: Visit to sightseeing places in Udaipur, Kumbalgarh and Mount Abu Itinerary Day 1: Udaipur Arrival-Local Welcome and Arrive Udaipur Airport / Railway Station and meet our local representative who will transfer to the hotel. Proceed for Udaipur Sightseeing 'the city of lakes' is admired for its fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, and gardens among many more. Visit Sajjangarh (Monsoon Palace), Shilpgram and Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal. Overnight stay at Udaipur. Day 2: Udaipur After Breakfast, Proceed to morning city sightseeing tour. Built in 1559 A.D. by Maharaja Udai Singh, the city has been described as the most romantic spot on the continent of India by Col. James Todd. The places of interest include City Palace which has several carved balconies, arches and decorated pillars, Zenana Mahal, Sahelion-ki-Bari (queen's resort for the friends), Enjoy Boat Ride at Lake Pichola ( Own) Visit to Fateh Prakash, Moti Magari, Durbar Hall and Shambhu Niwas. Also visit Jagdish temple. Overnight stay at Udaipur. Day 3: Udaipur - Kumbhalgarh After Breakfast, Check out from Hotel. Proceed to visit Kumbhalgarh Fort (The Great wall of India) and Ranakpur Temple. Overnight Stay at Kumbhalgarh. Day 4: Kumbhalgarh - Mount Abu After Breakfast, Check Out from Hotel and Proceed to Mount Abu. Proceed to visit Sunset Point. Overnight Stay at Mount Abu. Day 5: Mount Abu After Breakfast, Proceed to visit Dilwara Temple, Gurushikar, Anchalgarh, Nakki Lake, Sunset Point, Honeymoon Point. Overnight Stay at Mount Abu. Day 06: Mount Abu - Udaipur After Breakfast, Check out from Hotel and Proceed to Drop at Udaipur Airport. Package Cost Twin Sharing Room: Rs. 25,200 (Breakfast and Dinner) Inclusions : AC Accommodation in Above Hotels (Room 01 Dbl) Meal as per mention Hotel Taxes Transfers & Sightseeing By Ac Etios/Similar Toll Taxes, Parking & D.A. Pick Up Udaipur & Drop Udaipur Exclusions Airfare Monuments Fees Personal Exp (Boat Ride/Elephant Ride/Phone Etc) Tips / Gratitude OR Cost of any optional tours / excursions Any expenses of personal nature such as porterage, laundry, telephone bills, minibar, etc. Anything not mentioned in inclusions
The region of Chettinad is located in the central part of the State of Tamil Nadu (South India). The main town of the region is Karaikkudi, which is 90 km from the major sites of the state, such as Thanjavur (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Tiruchirapalli and Madurai. Chettinad region, spreading over the districts of Sivagangai and Pudukottai in Tamil Nadu is becoming increasingly part of the popular tourist destination thanks to the magnificent Raja’s palace in Kanadukathan, and French Art-Deco style palatial homes scattered across the towns and villages of the Region. However, beyond these iconic elements, what makes the charm of the towns and villages of Chettinad is perhaps the beauty of an overall village landscape created by the harmony of architectural elements and urban planning. What do you get? Stay at Chettinad Heritage style hotel with local cuisine
Success 12 participants appreciated Mallai Cave Temples Walk at Mahabalipuram with an online session After several months, we re-started heritage talks and trips and successfully delivered the Mahabalipuram trip. It was a very niche learning only on Cave Architecture. Big thanks to Sivasankar Babu Sir the Curator, Vaithee, the organizer and all the participants. Photos Please see some great photos here Testimonials - Extract of some testimonials are given below. It was a interesting and informative session A big thanks to the organisers- we all enjoyed and thanks to the all the group members who made it enjoyable Good experience. Happy moments Thank you for your time .it was an amazing experience for me. Special thanks to Mr. Vaithee for coordinating with us. Looking forward for some more guided trips. What next? a. Mallai monolithic rathas b. Mallai structural temples and bas-reliefs c. Kanchi rajasimha temples How can you register. If you have any travel requirements in Heritage / Culture / any other, please submit your requirements. We will call you and discuss - https://www.keyterns.in/requirements Sharing below the details of Mallai Cave Temples trip for reference. We will redo this in future. Humans did not forget their earlier dwellings . Cave Mandapas are one of the earliest forms of Rock-Cut Architecture, replicating their earlier natural cave dwellings . .Cave temples in Tamilnadu were popularised during 6th CE by early Pallavas and Pandyas Mahabalipuram or Mallai near Chennai was a veritable university for sculptures and architecture of temples .. Here we can see the Cave mandapas from its basic form to the fairly well developed form incorporating the styles of concepts Brick and Mortar temples of 6th CE Participants will get educated on how cave manadaps evolved and how they experimented in various forms in Mallai in a short period of < 100 years . This will be followed by a Early Morning Guided tour of the Cave Mandapas of Mallai, where you will be able to appreciate the finer points of the art as detailed in earlier day Talk . Who is this for? Any Heritage Enthusiasts, History or Heritage Students. Anyone who wants to know little more in-depth than the normal tourist WOW views Why should you participate? To know how the cave architecture evolved in India and Tamilnadu To learn more about the fundamentals and innovation in Cave architecture To hear interesting stories and history behind the creation To be at the cave temples physically to understand all the learnings from video Talk Curator Profile Both online Video session and Cave walk on the next day will be curated by Mr. Sivasankar Babu, an experienced Heritage Enthusiast whose profile is given below.
Viluppuram is 170 KM from Chennai. There are many prehistorical and historical places around Viluppuram. Prehistory sites are primarily rock art sites. Historical sites include Jain heritage and Chola heritage. We will be covering all elements as a day trip from Chennai over the weekend. This packaged is a 'Shared or Travelpooling' trip wherein we will facilitate the trip to reach Viluppuram where the trip curator will join the curate the trip. This is a first attempt to cover themes like Rock art, Chola Heritage, and Jain rock cut temples.