Golden Triangle With Best of Kerala
Duration: 14 Nights / 15 Days
Places Covered: Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Delhi - Cochin - Munnar - Periyar - Alleppey - Quilon - Kanya Kumari - Kovalam - Trivandrum
Day1: Abroad – Delhi
Arrive at Delhi International airport.
On arrival in Delhi, the guest will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Delhi
This morning you will be taken to visit Old Delhi - Former centre of Moghul Power, Old Delhi offers ancient monuments, narrow streets and bustling bazaars. Drive past the Red Fort, built in 1648 and board the ‘rickshaw ride’ for a unique experience from the Red Fort, through “Chandni Chowk” or Silver Street, experiencing the sights and sounds of this very busy avenue heading west from the Fort. Later visit the Jama Masjid, the greatest mosque in India and completed in 1658 by Shah Jahan who also built the Taj Mahal, and the Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
This afternoon you will be taken to visit New Delhi - drive past the stately government buildings of the British Era designed by Lutyens, including the India Gate & the Presidential Palace. Continue onto the beautiful Humayuns tomb of the Mughal era & predecessor of the world famous Taj Mahal. End the tour at the towering minaret of Qutab Minar.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Delhi - Agra
Morning drive to Agra (203 kms).
Upon arrival in Agra – check into the hotel
Afternoon visit red fort and famous Taj Mahal.
Red Fort - lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. It was built by Akbar as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.
Taj Mahal -This most famous Moghul monument was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal "the lady of the Taj". It has been described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, for the emperor was heartbroken when Mumtaz died after 17 years of marriage, during the birth of her 14th child.The central structure has four small domes surrounding the huge, central dome. Above the tombs of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan are false tombs, a common practice in Indian mausoleums. (Taj Mahal is closed on Friday).
Stay at pristine Taj Mahal for sunset, to see this true Wonder of the world in gentle late afternoon light. Overnight at hotel.
Tajmahal, Agra Travel Packages
Day 4: Agra - Jaipur
Thereafter drive to Jaipur (221 kms), en route visit Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri the deserted, red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the 16th century. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza the largest gateway in the world.
Thereafter continue drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival in Jaipur - check into the hotel. Afternoon at leisure to explore the city. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Jaipur
Morning tour of the impressive Amber Fort, situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur City. At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned elephant for the slow but steady climb up to the main gate, making your entrance in the time honoured fashion. The Fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Moghul ruling families.
Afternoon tour of the City - "The Pink City" is spectacularly set within surrounding rugged hills, dotted with ancient ruined fortresses. Your tour will include the imposing City Palace, still home to the Maharaja although several of the rooms are now open to the public. Many antiques and artifacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here, including a collection of weaponry. You will also visit the Hawa Mahal "Palace of the Winds", and the open-air Jantar Mantar Observatory to see the vast astronomical instruments. Enjoy a stroll through the colourful bazaar before returning to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Jaipur - Delhi
Morning drive to Delhi (250 kms). Arrival in Delhi. Later in late evening transfer to International airport for flight to back home.
Day 7 - Delhi - Cochin
Assistance and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon city sightseeing tour Cochin, Kerala’s commercial centre, it has a fine natural harbour. Cochin(Kochi) gateway for Kerala is famous for Mattanchery Palace, St. Francis Church, Wellington Island, Bolghatty Island, Chinese Fishing nets and Jewish Synagogue. Cruising on the back-waters provides glimpses of the rural life, fine view of the harbour and three islands.
Day 8 - Cochin - Munnar
Drive to Munnar and on arrival, check-in at the hotel. Munnar, largely blanketed by tea plantations, this little hill resort offers breath-taking scenery. Situated at an altitude of 1525 metres, this town has a local bracing climate. The atmosphere is fragrant with extensive tea and cardamom plantations. There are enchanting high ranges, lakes and streams and lovely views of low flying clouds and mist filled valleys. andeli-Hospet, 150 km Drive to Hospet via Hubli and Dharwad. Day at leisure.
Day 9 - Munnar - Periyar
Drive to Periyar and on arrival, check-in at the hotel. Morning drive to Periyar and on arrival, check-in at the hotel. Periyar, spread over an area of 777 sq km, this sanctuary has about 35 tigers and leopards. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 - Periyar - Kumarakom
Drive to Kumarakom via Kottayam. Kottayam, 64 kms from Cochin, it is another commercial centre of Kerala. Dotted with churches and covered with rubber plantations, Kottayam is just 16 km away from Kumarakom and Vembanand Lake.
On arrival, transfer by boat to Coconut Lagoon.
Kumarakom is a beautiful backwater village on the shores of the enchanting Vembanad Lake.
Day 11 - Kumarakom - Embark Houseboat
Cruise in the canal by Bamboo Poles, sail through the lagoon with favourable wind. Evening witness sunset through coconut palms. Dinner under million stars.
Day 12 - Alleppey - Quilon
Morning wake up and after breakfast, cruise through Pallathuruthy River and reach Ambalappuzha. visit ancient and historical temple of Lord Krishna and later Karumadi (Buddha Temple. Leave for Champakkulam. Can swim in River Pampa and thereafter visit a village Farm House in Champakkulam and village market.
Day 13 - Quilon - Kanya Kumari
Morning short visit of Quilon, famous for old wooden houses and cashew tree plantation on the edge of Ashtamudi lake. The delightful backwaters of Kerala begin from this picturesque town. Drive to Kanya Kumari, 170 km arriving before sun-set. The sun-set at the confluence of Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea is a delight to witness.
Day 14 - Kanya Kumari - Kovalam
The Southernmost end of Tamil Nadu, the land's end of India or the point where three seas meet. Cape Camorin of Kanya Kumari is at its best during Chitra Pournima (full moon day in April) when sun and moon are face to face at the same horizon at the confluence point of Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocena and Arabina sea. The Vivekananad Memorial built on the rock into the water where the great Philosopher guide Swami Vivekananda when into meditation that transformed him into one of the most charismatic spiritual leader of the century. Arrive Kovalam and check-in at the hotel.
Day 15 - Kovalam-Trivandrum-Dep.
Morning sightseeing tour of Trivandrum. The capital of Kerala, built over seven forested hills. Padmanabhaswamy Temple, a seven storey stone structure is the most impressive landmark. This temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu contains several inscriptions and excellent murals, innumerable intricate stone carvings adorn the temple. Napier Museum of Arts and Crafts completed in 1880, it was an early experiment in what became known as the Indo Saracenic style.
Afternoon / Eventing Flight to Onward Destination.