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The Fabled Golden Triangle (5 Nts/6 Days)

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Delhi, Agra & Jaipur - The Fabled Golden Triangle (5 Nts/6 Days)

 

The well-known Golden Triangle of India actually covers three of the most beautiful and captivating cities of the country: Delhi (the capital of India and the seat of the nation’s power); Agra (the city of the Taj Mahal – emblem of eternal love); and Jaipur (the land of the legendary Rajput warriors and their tales of glorious chivalry). These cities are undoubtedly, the epitome of Indian cultural, historical and architectural heritage and have all been the capitals of the erstwhile princely states during their heyday.

Delhi is modern and cosmopolitan, the capital of a young and vibrant nation. Agra showcases the opulence of the Mughal Empire. A royal elephant-ride and warm welcome in the city Jaipur are not the only reminders of the city’s medieval Rajput past. As popular tourist destinations, all of these cities boast good hotels and tourism facilities, equal to the best in the world.

 

Delhi – Agra – Jaipur

 

Day 1  Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Meeting and assistance on arrival. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay in Delhi.

Day 2 Delhi
Proceed on a morning tour of Delhi visiting Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana – the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Also visit the Jama Masjid (Big Mosque). Drive past the imposing Red Fort and continue onwards through the busy, bustling Chandni Chowk or Street of Silver.

Afternoon: visit the Qutub Minar or Tower of Victory, built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199. Visit Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate (the War Memorial Arch) and Lakshminarayan Temple – a modern Hindu Temple. Also drive past President’s House, Parliament House, the Government Secretariat Buildings and Connaught Place – the dynamic heart of downtown Delhi.

Overnight stay in Delhi hotel.

Day 3 Delhi – Jaipur
Morning: drive to Jaipur (260 Kms., 5 Hrs.) On arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon tour of Jaipur. Jaipur – the capital of Rajasthan was given a colour coat of pink a century ago in honour of a visiting Prince and ever since, it has retained this colour. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer, this city is 260 years old. Visit the Maharaja’s City Palace, the Observatory and Ram Niwas Gardens. Drive past Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Winds) and through the rose-pink residential and business areas.

Overnight at Jaipur.

Day 4 Jaipur
Morning: visit the rugged, 8th century Amber Fort located on a hilltop overlooking the surrounding country-side. Ride an Elephant to the main entrance of the fort at the crest of the hill. Amber Fort was the ancient capital of the erstwhile royal State of Jaipur. Once inside the Fort, visit the Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Victory, glittering with mirrors. Spend time exploring the imposing ramparts and historic nooks within.

Return to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for independent activities.

Overnight is at hotel.

Day 5 Jaipur – Agra
Drive to Agra (245 Kms., 6 Hrs.) visiting the ancient deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, enroute. Fatehpur Sikri is 40 kms., from Agra and was built by the mughal Emperor, Akbar, in 1569. It was abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. Explore the graceful buildings within this remarkably well-preserved historical complex, including the tomb of Sufi saint, Salim Chisti, the Jama Masjid, the Panch Mahal and other palaces. Thereafter, continue onwards to Agra.

Upon arrival, the rest of the day is free.

Overnight is at hotel.

Day 6 Agra – Delhi
Morning: visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by the Moghul Emperor Shahjehan in 1630, to enshrine the mortal remains of his beloved Queen, Mumtaz Mahal. Later, visit the Agra Fort containing the Pearl Mosque, the Halls of Public and Private Audience and more. Also visit the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daullah, built by Empress Noorjehan in memory of her father.

Afternoon drive to Delhi (205 Kms., 4 Hrs.)

Drive directly to the international airport to board a flight for your onward journey.

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Kerala – A quick Introduction (7 Nts/8 Days)

Kerala - A Quick IntroTour HighlightsTour tinerary
Cruise the Kerala Backwaters

 

Kerala is blessed by nature with some of the most beautiful, breathtaking countryside and scenic vistas in the world. It tempts the visitor with a choice of white sandy beaches, a vast expanse of palm trees that provide a deep green soothing backdrop to a signature holiday like no other, the largest wetlands in South Asia, better-known as the backwaters, beautiful mountains that kiss the sky and placid lakes that frame picture-perfect settings.

The distinctive features of a Kerala visit are its mysterious backwaters, magnificent beaches, the healing touch of its ancient science of ayurveda and the short distances between them all.

 

Trivandrum – Kovalam – Backwaters – Periyar – Munnar – Cochin

 

Day 1  Arrive Trivandrum – Kovalam
Meeting and assistance on arrival at Trivandrum airport and transfer directly to Kovalam (11 Kms.)   Check-in at hotel.

The beaches of Kovalam are world-renowned for white sand and pristine settings. The deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean that frame these beaches are an added attraction.

This world-famous Indian tropical beach, bordered by an emerald ocean on one side and lush green coconut plantations on the other, is a quiet haven of western customs and bonhomie that is framed within a larger background of traditional and orthodox Kerala culture.   The blue waters and a favorable climate make Kovalam a favorite year-round spot for swimming.   The ocean here is calm and shallow where swimming is safe and enjoyable for the most part of the year.

Overnight is at the hotel.

Day 2 Kovalam

Day at leisure, relaxing on the beach.

Optional: Excursion to Kanyakumari:

Kanyakumari, previously known as Cape Comorin and once referred to as the “Alexandria Of The East”, has been a great centre for art, culture, civilization and pilgrimage for years. This is the only place in India where one can enjoy the unique experience of watching the sunset and moonrise simultaneously on a full moon evening.

Overnight is at the resort.

Day 3 Kovalam – Alleppey – Backwaters
This morning after breakfast, drive to Alleppey (approx. 4 Hrs) which sits smack in the middle of the scenic Kerala backwaters. It is also the center from where one boards a houseboat for a trip that explores the meandering, hidden waterways that are traversed by the various country crafts serving the rural lifestyles of this area. Board the houseboat and set of on a voyage of discovery.

What is truly magical about a houseboat cruise on the backwaters is the rare opportunity that it provides for a close and personal view of a unique lifestyle that is still untouched and far removed from the hustle and bustle of modern civilization. The otherwise inaccessible backwaters have served to preserve the unique culture and character of rural Kerala. The houseboats have all the creature comforts of a good hotel including furnished bedrooms, modern ecological toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony for angling. Meals are cooked on board and supplemented with freshly caught fish from the backwaters. The food that is served on board reflects the cultural traditions and distinctive flavours garnered from the cuisines of the local communities that live in the Kuttanad backwaters region of Kerala. The Kuttanad is one of the largest wetlands’ eco-system in South India.

Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay on the Houseboat.

Day 4 Alleppey – Periyar
After a leisurely breakfast, disembark from the houseboat and drive to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary (approx. 3 hrs.) and check-in at hotel.

Periyar or Thekkady is the premier wildlife destination of Kerala. The hilly, thickly forested, high-country terrain is home to elephants, the occasional tiger, other large cats and a host of smaller wild animals. Enjoy a boat cruise across the Periyar Lake during the late afternoon.

Perched amidst dense greenery, on the outskirts of the Periyar Tiger Reserve, a premier tiger reserve of the country, Thekkady, with its bountiful treasures of tropical flora and fauna is the ultimate stronghold of many an endangered species and a rich tribal culture. The greatest attraction of Periyar remains the large herds of wild elephants, which come down to the water’s edge.

The evening is spent at leisure, listening to the soothing sounds of the jungle punctuated by the occasional call of a barking deer or the lonely howl of a jackal and the agitated bickering of hyenas fighting over a left-over kill.

Overnight is at hotel.

Day 5 Periyar – Munnar
After breakfast in fantastic open and peaceful surroundings, drive onwars and upwards through the alpine scenery to the highland paradise of Munnar (3 ½ hrs), known as a nature lover’s paradise.

Check-in at hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Munnar is the ultimate nature-lover’s paradise. Snuggled in the green and serene environs of the Kannan Devan Hills lies the quiet and restful resort of Munnar at an altitude of 1,524m and a distance of 136 km. from Cochin. Panoramic views of low-hanging clouds and mist-filled valleys make it a picturesque paradise with a cool and bracing climate where the temperature does not go above 26º C in summer, nor does it go below 13º C in winter.

Overnight is at hotel.

Day 6 Munnar
Full day of sightseeing around Munnar. Visit the nearby Mattupetty Dam, Eco Point, Eravikulam National Park, Kundala, etc… Munnar rests at an altitude of 6000 ft in the Idukki hill district of Kerala and is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams. Munnar was the favored summer resort in South India for the erstwhile British government in India during the colonial days. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji a flower, which bathes the hills in brilliant blue once every twelve years when it blooms. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India – Anaimudi – which towers over 2,695m and is an ideal spot for campers who like to do some trekking.

Return to Munnar for an overnight.

Day 7 Munnar – Cochin
Immediately after a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Cochin (135 kms., approx. 3 ½ hrs.) On arrival, check-in at hotel.

Later, proceed on a short sightseeing tour of Cochin visiting the old part of the city, known as the “Fort Cochin” area where you also visit the Dutch Palace (or Mattancherry Palace), the Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church and get to view the famous Chinese Fishing Nets that line the shore along the harbor area.

Cochin is known as the queen of the Arabian Sea and is one of the most interesting cities of India. It is home to one of the finest natural harbors in the world.

The St. Francis Church, built in 1510 by Franciscan Friars who were brought to India by Vasco da Gama is the first European church built in India and is the site where the mortal remains of the famous Portuguese explorer are buried. The Jewish Synagogue, another famous landmark of Cochin was built in 1568 and houses Chinese hand-painted tiles that are one of its main attractions. This is the only Synagogue in India that has a nostalgic past associated with the history of the Jewish Diaspora in India.

The “Dutch Palace” was built in the 1550s; the palace contains excellent mythological murals and a rare example of traditional Kerala flooring – an exotic blend of burnt coconut shells, lime, plant juices and egg whites that, when set, gives the effect of polished, marble flooring.

Overnight is at the hotel.

Day 8 Leave Cochin
Check out of the hotel and transfer in time to the airport (approx. 45 min drive) to board your onward flight. You shall be carrying back with you many beautiful memories of Kerala.

BON VOYAGE…

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