Also known as Tanjore, Thanjavur is a city closely connected with the Chola dynasty who made it their capital in 850AD and remained in power till the 14th century. Today their influence can be seen in the magnificent temples which are now UNESCO World Heritage Monuments.
Reasons to visit Thanjavur include:
Thanjavur is best visited in the winter months (December to February), though the monsoon (June to September) can also be a good time with the light rains providing relief from the heat. The summer months (March to May) might prove too hot for some visitors.
You can stay in a restored mansion in the centre of town, and immerse yourself in local culture through musical performances, cookery classes, dancing displays and chanting.
Time: GMT +5Â½ hours
Flight time from London to Delhi is 8 hours 30 minutes and to Mumbai is about 8 hours.
Language: The official language is Hindi, which about 30% of the population speaks. English is very widely spoken and is used for official and commercial purposes.
Required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
There are no compulsory vaccinations.