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Golden Triangle with Kerala Backwaters

Duration : 10 Nights/ 11 Days, Region : North India, South India

Tour code : MAX/GT/COK/213

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Day 01: Arrive - Delhi

After a traditional Indian welcome by company representative at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi you will be escorted to your hotel for leisurely night stay.
Included meals: no meal included
Included entrances: No sightseeing included

Day 02: Delhi sightseeing tour

After breakfast enjoy a combined sightseeing trip of Old and New Delhi. The metropolis city of Delhi is one of the most morden and fastest growing cities in India. The new part of city is known for its wide spread boulevards and greenery whereas on the other hand old Delhi offers the charm of old civilization in its crowded bazaars, narrow streets and monuments.

Start your tour with a visit to Jama Masjid (one of the largest mosque of India), Moonlight Square of Chandni Chowk and Raj Ghat (The cremation ground of Mahatma Gandhi). To explore the beauty of old Delhi in its full, take a short cycle rickshaw ride into the busy markets near the Jama Masjid.

After this we wil move to the most beautiful part of Delhi designed and constructed by the Britishers during thier regime. Drive past through the War memorial of India Gate, President’s Palace and many other Govt. building. Since this is VVIP area, it may be difficult for the driver and guide to stop the vehicle here, but if possible ask them to take a drive close to the Palace where you can get off to click some beautiful pictures in your camera.

Later visit Qutub Minar – the tallest concrete structure in India with 73 meter height, Tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun and Lotus Temple (Bahai’s Temple).

After completing the sightseeing tour come back to your hotel to relax and stay for the overnight.
Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb

Day 03: Delhi - Agra

On our Golden Triangle tour we are today moving to Agra the city of beautiful Taj Mahal. We drive through the newly built express highway which connects Delhi and Agra with a 03 hours smooth drive. Upon arrival check into your hotel.

After wash and change, meet in the lobby of the hotel and drive to Taj Mahal. On reaching the parking area you will be provided with a ‘Tonga’ ride upto Taj Mahal. Ths beautiful white marble monument is listed as ‘World Heritage Site’ and also a ‘wonders of the world‘. It was built by Shah Jahan in the sweet memories of his wife. The guide will brief you about the monuemnt and will allow you some time to explore the beauty of the monument on your own and capturing it in your camera.

After visiting Taj Mahal, head to Agra Fort which is situated on the right bank of river Yamuna. Shahjahan was kept under imprisonment here for 8 years by his sone Aurangzeb. Shah Jahan spent his last year watching Taj Mahal from the window of his room and remembering his beloved wife.

Also visit the Tomb of Itmad-U-Daulah. Also known as ‘Baby Taj’ this monument is situated on the left bank of the river. It is often regarded as a draft of Taj Mahal.

Spend leisurely time in your hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: Taj Mahal, Itmad Ud Daulah, Agra Fort

Day 04: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur

After lavish breakfast we check out from our hotel and visit Fatehpur Sikri which is situated 30 kms out of Agra city. The forbidden city of Fatehpur Sikri is a great example of mix of Hindu, Persian and Mughal architecture. It served Mughals as thier capital for over a decade and then Mughal moved to Agra due to shortage of water near Fatehpur Sikri.

From here, we will continbue our drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival in Jaipur, check into your hotel.

In the afternoon enjoy a guided visit of City Palace which is still a house for the royal family of Jaipur and a part of the palace has been converted into a museum. Also visit the largest observatory of Jantar Mantar and drive past through Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). While driving through the Palace of Winds we stop to take a cycle rickshaw ride into the busy streets of colourful bazaars.

Leisurely evening and night stay will be at your hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: Fatehpur Sikri, City Palace, Observatory, City Palace Museum

Day 05 : Jaipur sightseeing

The day starts with an excursion to massive Amer Fort. Situated on the top of Aravali hill and overlooking the Jaipur city, Amer was once the capital of Jaipur city. Take an elephant ride to reach on the top of the hill to visit the Amer palace. After Amer Fort visit the dashing Jaigarh Fort which where one can see the world's largest canon on wheel displayed for visitors.

In the afternoon visit Jantar Mantar Observatory and and City Palace museum which covers a large area divided into a series of courtyards, gardens and buildings. A part of this palace is a now a museum, containing three wings of Armory, Textiles and Artifacts. While driving through Hawa Mahal, stop here to see the monument and do some photography.

Evening is at leisure to explore the local vicinity at your own. Jaipur offers the world famous handicrafts, silver and gold jewellery, precious and semi-precious stones, beads and jewellery, blue pottery products, carpets and textiles which are the most preferred ethnic items by visitors.

Leisurely evening and night stay will be at your hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort

Day 06 : Jaipur – Cochin (by flight)

Following your breakfast you will be transferred to Jaipur airport to boiard your flight to Cochin ex Mumbai. Upon arrival at Cochin meet with our representative for an assisted transfer to your hotel.

One of the finest known harbour in the world, Cochin is the business capital of the state of Kerala and the major gateway to the enchanting backwaters of Kerala. Popularly known as the ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’ the city is comprised of a group of islands scattered along the Vembanad Lake. Cochin displays an interesting mixture of Portuguese, Jewish, English, French, Dutch and Chinese culture in its buildings and monuments.

Enjoy a half day guided tour of Cochin visiting St. Francis Church, Dutch Palace and Chinese finishing Nets. Later in the late afternoon visit the dance centre to see live Kathakali dance performances. Combining dance, drama, music, painting and literature, Kathakali is a special dance art form of Kerala and South India. We will reach early to the theater to see the artists preparing themselves for the show. The elaborate make-up of the performers is an interesting feature of this dance form. After seeing the performance we will have time to take some photographs with the artists with thier colourful costumes and make-up.

Drive back to the hotel for night stay in Cochin.
Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: St. Francis Church, Dutch Palace

Day 07 : Cochin-Munnar

After breakfast we drive to Munnar trhe beautiful hill station of Kerala famous for lush tea and spice plantation.

Visit some beautiful sites near Munnar including Muttupetty dairy farm, Tea Coffee and Spice plantation at Pothemedu and Devikulam the idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns and exotic flora and fauna.

We spend some time walking in the tea plantation and then come back to our hotel for the night stay.
Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: : Tea & Spice plantation

Day 08: Munnar - Alleppey - Houseboat

After breakfast, we will drive to Alleppey to embark on a memorable journey of Kerala houseboat. As we reach Allepey we check into our comfortable fully furnished backwater houseboat. As the houseboat flags off from the port we travel through the the rich and splendid backwaters of Alleppey crusing along the village sides and paddy fields witnessing the core life of the Kerala villages for the whole day.

All meals, tea/coffee and night stay will be on our houseboat. After sunset the houseboat will be hooked at the corner for the night.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included entrances: not applicable

Day 09 : Arrive at Kumarakom

As we sail on the backwaters of Kerala we watch the beautiful sunrise, hear chirping of the birds and witness the life of the villages along the water. We have arrived at Kumarakom where we will disembark after leisurely breakfast.

Kumarakom houses the most beautiful landscapes and beaches of Kerala backwaters and staying here for a couple of night is going to be an awe-inspiring experience.

Check into your resort and then take a short trip to the bird sanctuary at Kumarakom.

Night stay will be in the kerala backwater resort.
Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Day 10 : Kumarakom

A leisurely day at Kumarakom.
Included meals: Breakfast
Included entrances: no sightseeing planned

Day 11 : Kumarakom - Cochin

Following a a leisurely breakfast, we will check out from the hotel and trasnfer to the Cochin airprot to board your onward flight.
Included meals: Breakfast
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Trip introduction

Wonderful Taj Mahal India Taj Mahal is also called the "monument of love". Every stone speaks the language of love which will remain an immortal for centuries. In a weeks time one can carry the memories of a lifetime. This tour takes you to some of the fascinating destinations of India like Delhi which is the capital of India and rich in heritage buildings, Agra of course for Taj Mahal , Jaipur where the monuments speaks about the courage and vigour of the Rajput Kings. At Ranthambore you can meet the king of Jungle, Tiger and his subjects.

Brief itinerary

Day 01 :Arrive Delhi
Day 02 :Old and New Delhi sightseeing tour
Day 03 :Drive to Agra. Sightseeing tour of Agra
Day 04 :Jaipur sightseeing tour
Day 05 :Amer Fort & Jaigarh Fort sightseeing
Day 06 :Fly to Cochin. Cochin sightseeing & Kathakali Show
Day 07 :Drive to Munnar. Sightseeing tour in Munnar
Day 08 :Drive to Allepey to board backwater cruise
Day 09 :Disembark and stay at Kumarakom beach
Day 10 :Leisurely stay near the calm backwaters of Kerala
Day 11 :Fly out to next destination ex Cochin

Trip Highlights

  • Travel through the best cultural route of Golden Triangle tour
  • Explore the beautiful contrast of Old and New Delhi
  • Busy and crowded streets of Chandni Chowk
  • Visit the colourful bazaars of Pink city
  • World renowned Taj Mahal visit
  • Ride on an elephant’s back to visit Amer Fort
  • Fascinating backwaters of Kerala
  • Lush and beautiful tea plantation at Munnar
  • Spend a night in India’s floating resort (backwater cruise)
  • Kathakali dance Show

Destinations and distance:

total distance covered 3290 kms approx

  • Delhi
  • 204 Km / 4 hrs
  • Agra
  • 34 Km / 45 min
  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • 206 Km / 4 hrs
  • Jaipur
  • 2,476 km (Flight)
  • Cochin
  • 128 km / 3 hrs
  • Munnar
  • 157 km / 3 hrs
  • Alleppey
  • 32 km / 45 min
  • Kumarakom
  • 52 km / 1 hrs
  • Cochin

What's included

Accommodation

  • 07 nights in handpicked modern hotels
  • 02 nights in a heritage hotel
  • 01 night on India’s floating resort / Kerala backwater houseboat

Transport

  • Private air-conditioned car with driver
  • Cycle rickshaw
  • Tonga/Buggy
  • Elephant
  • Aeroplane/Flight
  • Backwater houseboat

Meals

  • 10 breakfast
  • 02 Lunch
  • 01 Theme Dinner
  • 01 Dinner on houseboat

Guides

  • Experienced English speaking tour guides for sightseeing

Others

  • Sightseeing of Delhi the historical & cultural capital of India.
  • Experience the traditional rickshaw ride at Old markets of Delhi,
  • Sightseeing of the World's most beautiful symbol of Love Taj Mahal
  • Tonga Ride (Horse & Cart ride) in Agra
  • Wild photography & jeep/ canter safari in the India's most famous tiger reserves Ranthambore National Park
  • Be a king and ride to the Amber Fort at Elephants back

Not included

Flights
Monument & Museum tickets
Tipping
Personal expenses
Insurance

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