In this tour, discover the favored Golden Circuit of India - Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, and the serenity of God’s Own Country - Kerala. This magnificent sojourn begins with arrival at Delhi where you get to learn about the history of Delhi and its monuments, then proceeds with a visit to Agra, which is home to the Taj Mahal, moving on to Jaipur - famous for its Rajput architecture. After covering these three cities, travel to Kerala to discover its untouched beauty. Blessed with rolling hills, gorgeous backwaters and calm beaches, lip-smacking delicacies and distinctive culture, it is an idyllic place for those who wish to capture the natural beauty. Cherish the adventure of sailing through its famous backwaters soaking in views of local villages, charming vistas of the setting sun over the azure waters and the refreshing aroma of tea and spice plantations.
Welcome to Delhi, the capital city of India. Our representative will receive you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Relax and spend rest of the day at leisure. New Delhi, the capital of India, is a fusion of the ancient and the modern. Comprising of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, the Old Delhi and New Delhi, the city is a travel hub of Northern India, deeply steeped in history, art and culture.
After breakfast, proceed for Delhi sightseeing starting with a visit to the Jama Masjid - the largest Mosque in India. Visit Chandni Chowk – the oldest & biggest bazaar of Old Delhi. Later, walk up to Fatehpuri Masjid and enjoy a rickshaw ride till Red Fort. Here our driver will meet you, drive past Red Fort (a 17th-century historical fort in Delhi) and reach Rajghat, a memorial where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. An eternal flame burns on one side of this memorial. Visit the Humayun Tomb - the first garden-style tomb of India. The main highlight of this tomb, inspired by Persian architecture, is the four garden squares with water passage channels surrounding the tomb. Drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan - the residence of the President of India and India Gate - an archway built in honor of the soldiers who died in World War I. Visit Qutub Minar built by Qutab-Ud-din Aibak in 1193 to mark the beginning of Muslim rule in India.
After breakfast, we will drive to Agra. After reaching Agra check-in to the hotel. On arrival, we will proceed to see the white marble beauty, Taj Mahal. A visit to the Taj Mahal is one of the fascinating highlights of our Golden Triangle travel. After this, we will visit the Agra Fort one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
After an early breakfast, we will be driven to Jaipur. En-route we will stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri. It is the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under Akbar s reign from the year 1571 until 1586 when it was abandoned ostensibly due to the lack of water. We will visit Emperor Akbar s Residential complex, Mosque, and Tomb of Salim. We then continue our drive to Jaipur.
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing. Visit the Amer Fort dating back to the 16th century that displays private halls, pavilions, former private chambers of the King and royal Rajput women. The reflection of this fort falling on the Maota Lake is truly captivating. Enjoy an Elephant ride here. Explore the City Palace consisting of former private and public chambers, silver vessels, courtyards, gateways, private chambers of the King and lot more. Later visit the Jantar Mantar which is an astronomical observatory that features the World’s largest Sundial - Samrat Yantra. Then visit the Hawa Mahal - a five-story palace built-in 1799 during Rajput rule. It is popularly known for its intricately-designed 953 windows adorned with spectacular latticework. Later, the afternoon is kept free to visit the famous markets of textiles, gems, carpets, and handicrafts. Jaipur is an ideal place for buying souvenirs.
After breakfast in the morning, we will check-out from the hotel. We will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Kochi. Upon arrival in Kochi, our representative will receive you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Today, go for the Kochi sightseeing tour that begins with a visit to Fort Kochi located on the western coast of India amidst the pristine waters of the Arabian Sea. On visiting this fort, soak in the mesmerizing specimens of the bygone era. The architecture of this gorgeous fort uncovers the layers of colonial influence ingrained in this city. Visit the St. Francis Church within the middle of the fort’s complex. Built-in the year 1503, it is the oldest church built by Europeans in India. The lofty architecture of this Church is impressive in every way and has managed to retain its ancient charm, over the years. Also, visit the Jewish Synagogue located close to Fort Kochi, which is more than 100-years old. It was built in 1568 and is a showpiece displaying hand-painted floor tiles, Belgium-imported glass chandeliers, and rare antiques, etc. and an exclusive gallery. We end the day with a visit to the Chinese Fishing Nets. They are a hallmark of the Fort Kochi, visible from Fort Kochi. The concept of these fishing nets is said to be introduced by Zheng He (a Chinese explorer). Here the fishing nets are made of bamboo and teakwood poles and practice the principle of balance. Almost every visitor visits here - especially during sunset - to click a few candid. End your day watching the traditional Kathakali Dance Show in Kochi.
After breakfast, we will drive to Munnar. It is a beautiful hill station named after three rivers: Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni, and Kundaly. It is a popular destination in Kerala that offers spellbinding views of vast spice and tea plantations. It also boasts of the highest peak in South India - Anamudi. It is surrounded by various wildlife sanctuaries that house the grizzled giant squirrel, elephant, gaur, Nilgiri langur, sambar, etc. and the endangered Nilgiri tahr (Mountain Goat). Also, a blue flower neelakurinji grows here every 12 years. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Later, go for sightseeing of Munnar with the first visit to the Munnar Tea Estates. Walkthrough these sprawling tea estates and soak yourself in the refreshing aroma of the tea leaves. Here you can also visit the Tea Museum that showcases old photographs and huge machinery that has been used in tea processing over the years. Also, get a firsthand experience of how tea is processed. Explore the Eravikulam National Park, a must-visit while in Munnar. Also, visit the Mattupetty Dam which is a concrete gravity dam constructed between 1949 and 1953 for the purpose of conservation of water and hydroelectricity generation. The captivating reflection of the surrounding tea gardens falling upon the still water is the best part of this dam.
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Periyar and upon arrival, check-in at the hotel followed by an overnight stay. Periyar, the southernmost state of Kerala, is known for its Periyar wildlife sanctuary that is one of the most natural wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Apart from wildlife, it is also blessed with mesmerizing natural beauty, spice gardens, and plantations.
After breakfast, visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary – one of India's biggest wildlife sanctuaries. Take a boat ride on the man-made Periyar Lake, running through the forests of the Western Ghats in Kerala. The variety of animals here, include Elephants, Sambar, Gaur, Wild boars and birds like Ibis and Grey Heron. With a bit of extra luck, you may spot Tigers as well. Head for a Spice Plantation Tour. Spices have always been an important part of life in Kerala. Here the masters of Ayurveda, the science of life, discovered the use of spices for medicinal purposes.
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and proceed to Kumarakom. It is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake. This city fascinates its visitors with the famous Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, situated on the eastern bank of the Vembanad Lake. It is a 14-acre natural habitat to an interesting variety of migratory birds like Liberian Stork, egret, darter, heron and teal that visit here in flocks. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
After breakfast, depart from the hotel and drive to Alleppey. It is a hub of backwaters in Kerala, home to a number of waterways and thousands of houseboats for you to explore. On arrival, board a traditional houseboat. While enjoying a houseboat ride on the backwaters here, witness the tropical village life. A houseboat ride on the backwaters in Alleppey is a must-have experience when in Kerala. After registering, customers will receive refreshing coconut water as a welcome drink. Later in the afternoon, the boat will be anchored near rice paddies for lunch. Then resume cruise in some time. In the evening, tea/coffee and snacks will be served. The boat will be anchored near a village for the night. Settle in for dinner at night.
Note: Cruising is not possible during the night as it is during this time that local fishermen put their nets.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning. Later you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey depending on your flight time. I hope you had a good time exploring with us. Have a pleasant flight.
|12 Nights / 13 Days
|1113 Per Person
|Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Kochi - Munnar - Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Kochi