North & South India Tour
- Itinerary Detail
|1||Delhi||Overnight in Delhi|
|2||Delhi||India Gate, the war memorial in the heart of the city.
Red Fort built of red sandstone is the of great importance in present day - republic day parades initiate from here.
Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques which can accommodate up to 25,000 devotees. Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi's memorial.
Visit Qutab minar, the tallest monument in India
|3||Agra||Taj Mahal - Mughal marvel which features among the seven wonders of the world.|
|4||Agra-Jaipur en route Fatehpur Sikri||Fatehpur Sikri in Agra, built by Akbar is dotted with small palaces, hall of public and private audience. Enjoy authentic Rajasthani dinner at Choki Dhani village|
|5||Jaipur||Visit Amber Fort and Palace of Winds in Jaipur, Jantar Manatar (astronomical observatory) .|
|6||Jaipur-Mumbai by air||Visit Gateway of India, Maha Lakshmi Dhobi Ghat, Prince Wales Museum, Mani Bhavan (Gandhiji’s once-upon-a-time residence)|
|7||Mumbai-Goa||Leisure in Goa|
|9||Goa-Kochi||Fort Kochi with colonial churches, Dutch palace at Mattancherry, Dutch cemetery, Willingdon (man made island belonging to Indian Navy and Port Trust.
Also see, St. Francis church where Vasco Da Gama was initially buried.
Cultural evening featuring Kathakali performance
|10||Munnar||Tea museum which tells tales about tea in Munnar. Mattupetty, known for lovely landscapes and dairy farm, Kundala plantations to see tea plucking t0 processing|
|11||Munnar-Alleppey||Enjoy a backwater houseboat cruise. You can even opt for canoeing and fishing. Overnight in houseboat|
Duration : 11 Nights / 12 Days
Destination : Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Mumbai - Goa - Kochi - Munnar - Alleppey - Kochi
Golden Triangle is one of the most sought after tour packages of North India. Millions of tourists travel across Delhi-Agra-Jaipur to unravel majestic palaces, globally recognized monuments with a classic fusion of Mughal, Indian and Rajput architecture, age-old markets all of which are treasures in India’s crown. Beach cities Mumbai and Panaji bustles with locals and tourists. The City of dreams, Mumbai has plenty of surprises for visitors, from colonial structures to common man’s dwelling in Dhobi Ghat. Serene beaches with adventure sports and electrifying nightlife rule Goa. A number of spa and ayurveda resorts dot Goa and Kerala, pamper yourself with relaxing massages. Alleppey’s tranquil backwaters are ideal to explore live ashore, away from noise and stress. Ayurveda and spa therapies can be arranged abord houseboats. Munnar’s green hub is population-pollution free, an idyllic hill retreat.
Day 1 Arrival at New Delhi
Our representative will welcome you on arrival at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Thereafter you are at leisure for your independent activities.
Overnight in Delhi
Day 2 New Delhi
After breakfast you will proceed for full-day tour of Old and New Delhi.
Visit Jama Masjid, which is the largest mosque in India, commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan. The courtyard of the mosque can hold about 25,000 worshipers. Enjoy a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, the busiest market in Old Delhi…noisy, chaotic and uniquely Indian. You will then visit the Red Fort (closed every Monday), which was constructed during the rule of Emperor Shah Jahan and served as the residence for the Mughal royal family. It continues to be significant even today, as every Independence Day, the Prime Minister makes a speech from its ramparts as the Indian flag is hoisted. Later, drive past President House and several other government buildings in Edwin Lutyen’s Delhi before you head to Rajghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. This simple memorial marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948.
Later in the evening visit the Qutab Minar, which is the tallest brick minaret in the world; it was commissioned by Qutbuddin Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi.
Return to the hotel and relax at hotel.
Overnight in Delhi
Day 3 Delhi-Agra (205kms/4-5hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast in morning you will drive to Agra; History says, Agra was founded by Sultan Sikander Lodi in 1504. But it flourished much later under Mughal patronage. If it's Agra, Taj Mahal (closed every Friday) has to be your halt. The white marble mausoleum built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal on the banks of Yamuna, is the ultimate epitome of love. Owing to beautiful Mughal architecture, Taj features among the Seven Wonders of The World.
Later in evening check in at a hotel and relax. Overnight in Agra.
Day 4 Agra-Jaipur (235kms/4-5hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast you will drive to Jaipur; en route visit Fatehpur Sikri, which was built by the Emperor Akbar and is home to many historical buildings. Akbar wanted to make Fatehpur Sikri his headquarters; however, he had to abandon it due to shortage of water. It is the best example of the amalgamation of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti enshrines the burial place of the Sufi saint who lived a religious life here. Today, Fatehpur Sikri is a UNESCO World heritage site.
Upon arrival Jaipur you will check in at a hotel and relax.
In evening you can enjoy dinner at Choki Dhani village in ethnic Rajasthani style.
Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 5 Jaipur
After breakfast you will enjoy a full-day sightseeing trip of Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City’… it is famous for its colorful culture, forts, palaces, and lakes. The old city of Jaipur is painted pink, which gives it a magical glow. Visit the Amber Fort… a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The best way to explore the fort is to ride up to it on elephant back (pay on your own); en route, stop to photograph the beautiful Hawa Mahal, also known as the “Palace of the Winds.” This pink sandstone structure with its ornately carved latticework windows, housed royal ladies.
Overnight in Jaipur
Day 6 Jaipur-Mumbai (preferably by flight 6E218- 0530/0705hrs)
After breakfast you will be given transfer to airport to board flight for Mumbai; upon arrival you will proceed for half day city tour of Mumbai.
Today, proceed on a half-day Mumbai tour. Mumbai is the commercial capital of India. Visit the Gateway of India, situated at Apollo Bunder. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911. Next, visit the Prince of Wales Museum, which houses a priceless collection of art, sculpture, china and other antiques. Drive past the Victoria Terminus, Mumbai University and Rajabai Clock Tower. Make a photo stop at Dhobi Ghat, the open-air laundry of the city. Drive past Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach, the Parsi Towers of Silence and Malabar Hill. Visit Mani Bhavan, the old Mumbai residence of Mahatma Gandhi. It's a pretty, two-storied structure that showcases well-preserved memorabilia, including an old charkha or spinning wheel that Gandhiji used to use. Opportunity to visit famous jewellery bazar – Zaveri Bazar
Later check in at a hotel and relax. Thereafter you are free at leisure for your independent activities. Overnight in Mumbai.
Day 7 Mumbai-Goa (preferably by flight S23947- 1435/1540hrs)
After breakfast you are at leisure; at noon check out hotel and transfer to airport to board flight for Goa; on arrival check in at hotel and relax. Thereafter you are at leisure for your independent activities. Overnight in Goa
Day 8 Goa
Full day at leisure for your independent activities (no vehicle)
Day 9 Goa-Kochi (preferably by flight SG131- 0855/1100hrs)
After breakfast you will check out of the hotel and head to the airport to board flight for Kochi.
On arrival you will enjoy a half-day tour of Cochin. Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city, also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala. The twin cities of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry have preserved an extraordinary wealth of really old colonial architecture spanning the Portuguese, Dutch and the British eras. Visit Fort Cochin… walk to the church of St Francis, the oldest European-built church in the country. Also explore the 282-year-old Dutch Cemetery in Fort Kochi. Continue your tour with a visit to Mattancherry, where you will visit the historic synagogue in the Jewish Quarter, built over 400 years ago. The Synagogue itself is elaborately decorated. You will also visit the Mattancherry or Dutch Palace, constructed in 1555. The palace has a fine collection of mural paintings depicting scenes from the Hindu epics. Thereafter, drive past the amazing Chinese Fishing Nets, strung out along the tip of the peninsula. Also drive past Willingdon Island, a man-made island that belongs to the Port Trust and the Indian Navy.
In the evening, witness a Kathakali dance performance. Kathakali is the most recognized dance drama form in Kerala. It dates back to the seventeenth century and is deeply rooted in mythology, taking it themes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. A traditional Kathakali performance began at dusk continued through the night, culminating at the auspicious hour of dawn, when Good finally conquers Evil. Now, of course, shorter performances are more the norm! Costumes and makeup are dramatically characteristic of the dance, and the technique involves highly intricate gestures and expressions.
Overnight in Kochi
Day 10 Kochi-Munnar (135kms/3-4hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast you will drive to Munnar; on arrival Munnar you will enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Munnar. In the morning, visit the Tea Museum in the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea, which showcases some of the exquisite and interesting aspects of the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Munnar. This Tea Museum houses curios, photographs and machinery. Also visit Mattupetty, located about 13 km from Munnar. Mattupetty is known for its dam and the beautiful lake, which offers pleasurable boat rides. Later visit the Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala Lake… the mountain slopes here are thick with undulating, evergreen tea plantations. The shimmering blue lake is the most photographed part of Kundala. Take a stroll in the tea estate, and enjoy the refreshing mountain breeze. Here you can view the entire process of making tea, right from plucking of tealeaves to their processing.
Later check in at a hotel and relax. Overnight in Munnar
Day 11 Munnar-Alleppey (145kms/3-4hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast you will drive to Alleppey; on arrival you will embark on houseboat and you will enjoy a day cruise and overnight stay on a house boat in Alleppey. Alleppey, "Venice of the East" has a large network of canals that meander through the town and surrounding villages… the Snake Boat Race held every year in August in the backwaters is a major attraction. An enchanting glide in a "Kettuvallam" (Houseboat) takes you through palm fringed narrow canals, winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and tiny hamlets. Flocks of ducks swimming around the banks and tiny birds flying across the sky share the backwaters with country boats of various types … carrying passengers from all walks of Kerala's rural life ranging from the milkman and newspaper boy to local politicians, priests and wedding parties.
Overnight in Alleppey
Day 12 Alleppey-Kochi (65kms/approx. 1.5 hrs drive) & departure
After breakfast you will check out of the houseboat and drive to Kochi airport to board flight for onward destination. Henceforth our services terminate with sweet memories.