Golden Triangle with Glimpses of Kerala
Duration11 Nights / 12 Days
Destination CoveredDelhi – Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Abhaneri – Jaipur – Cochin – Thekkady – Kumarakom – Houseboat
HighlightsRickshaw ride in Delhi,Tonga Ride in Agra,Step of Wells visit, Elephant ride in Jaipur,Kathakali Dance witness in Cochin, Tea Estate visit, Boat ride at Periyar Lake, Spice Plantation visit and Houseboat stay
OptionalCooking class in Delhi/Jaipur, Vintage Car / Chariot ride in Jaipur,Heritage walk in Delhi/Jaipur,Rajasthan folk dance with Dinner at Chokhi Dhani in Jaipur,Ayurveda treatments
We can customise it as per your Requirement & Budget
IncludedWarm welcome in Typical Indian StyleAssistance on arrival /departure and during Hotel check-inHotel accommodation on Double sharingDaily breakfast at HotelAir-conditioned Medium Sedan Car for 02 & Toyota Innova in case of 04 persons with knowledgeable driver for the entire tourElephant ride at Amer fort – JaipurKathakali Dance witness in CochinTea Estate visit in MunnarBoat ride at Periyar LakeSpice and Plantation visitHouseboat stay with all mealsServices of English speaking local knowledgeable guide during sightseeingSouvenir gift at the time of deparutreAll applicable Government Taxes
ExclusionsInternational / domestic airfareMonument entrance feeTips to hotels, guide and driverAny drinks or meals other than mentioned aboveAny visa/insurance feesAny other services note specifed above
Day 01: Arrive Delhi (By International flight)
Day 02: Delhi sightseeing
After a leisurely breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi Old Delhi - A sight-seeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting - Red Fort - The red sandstone walls of Lal Qila, the Red Fort, extend for two km and vary in height from 18 meters on the river side to 33 metres on the city side. Shah Jahan started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and it was completed in 1648. Jama Masjid - Jama Masjid The splendid mosque built by Muhammad Ali Shah in
the typical Mughal style with two minarets and three domes, lies to the west of the Hussainabad Imambara. Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Also, visit the Swami Narayan Temple and Bangla Sahib Gurudwara Proceed for the visit of New Delhi
New Delhi - An extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit:- Humayun's Tomb - Built in the mid 16th century by Haji Begum, senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, Humayun's Tomb is an early example of Mughal architecture built in Delhi. Lotus temple ( known as Bahai Temple), Qutub Minar - 13 km to the south of Connaught Circus at Lalkote of 8th century Tomor Rajputs, the 72.5 mts high Victory Pillar stands as a victory stand of a Muslim King Qutub-ud-din-Aibak in India. A drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, The President's Residence, and a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. End with the visit of the Lotus temple at the sunset Overnight at Delhi
Day 03: Drive from Delhi to Agra
After an early breakfast, drive to the city of Taj (Agra) Arrive Agra and transfer to hotelIn the afternoon visit the The Agra fort - situated on the banks of Yamuna River, North West of the Taj Mahal, this majestic fort was started by the Emperor Akbar and it developed as a strong hold of the Mughal Empire, under successive generations. This majestic fortress of red sandstone encompasses within its 2.5 km long endosure walls,
the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many visionary palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan, audience halls such as the Dewan I Khas and two very beautiful mosques.Later visit the Taj Mahal - a white marble Tomb build in 1631 - 1648, seat of the Mughal Empire by Shah Jahan for his wife, Arjuman Banu Begum or Mumtaz Mahal In the evening, free to explore the Agra's rich heritage of handicrafts and a marble making factory. Overnight in Agra
Day 04: Drive from Agra to Jaipur visiting Fatehpur Sikri & Abhaneri enroute
After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Jaipur known as "pink city" and the capital of Rajasthan named after Jai Singh, the former Maharaja of Jaipur. Enroute visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, a place worth visiting to discover how once the city could have been which has now turned into ruins, situated 26 miles west of Agra, it was build at orders of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Proceed for Jaipur and the next halt is Abhaneri
Abhaneri is a small town village, situated at a distance of 95 kms before Jaipur, on Agra –Jaipur road. The place is popular for the amazing 'Baoris' (step wells) and Harshat Mata Temple. Famour Abhaneri Stepwell called Chand Baoli, belonging to the 11th century AD. This stepwells is a marvel of architecture & has beautifully carved panels inserted into the sides. The steps, in sets of 4 or 5, are in the shape of an inverted 'V'. The carved stone pillars, which are somewhat damaged now, were once strong enough for supporting pulleys to draw water. Several storeyed verandahs surround this beautiful stepwell. Also visit the Harshat Mata Goddess Temple nearby belonging to the 9th Century. Later proceed to Jaipur. On arrival check in at Hotel. Arrive Jaipur in the evening and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Jaipur
Day 05: A day in Jaipur for visits
Day 06: Leave Jaipur for Delhi – Cochin (By flight)
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, Later in time drive by surface to Delhi. Upon arrival straight transfer to Delhi airport to board flight for Cochin – gateway to Kerala – God’s Onw Country. Upon arrival you will be transferred to Cochin Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. In the evening, you will be taken to a Kathakali dance center where you will witness the most elaborate of the dance forms in southern India. Here you will witness the artists readying themselves up with
the make up for the final performance. Back to Hotel. Overnight in Cochin.
Day 07 : Agra – Cochin Sightseeing and Late Drive to Munnar
After a leisurely buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed for a half-day sightseeing tour of Cochin visiting Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Chinese Fishing net & ST. Francis Church. Later drive by surface to Munnar - is the nature-lover’s paradise. Snuggling in the green and serene Kannan Devan Hills lays the quite and restful resort of Munnar. Panoramic views of low-flying clouds and mist filled valleys make it a pretty little heaven with a cool
bracing climate. It was opened up out of virgin forests a century ago by pioneering planters.
Day 08: Munnar Sightseeing
Day 09: Munnar – Thekkady (Also called Periyar)
After buffet breakfast at the hotel you would be driven from Munnar to Thekkady, which is also known as Periyar. Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel. Afternoon, proceed to Periyar National Park to view the wildlife by boats. Set in the heart of the Cardamom Hills of Kerala the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve, offers a rare opportunity to enjoy South India’s wild life and beauty. The park has a picturesque lake at the
heart of the sanctuary. Herds of elephant and sambar, gaur and wild pigs and wander down to the lakeside and can be observed from the launches that cruise the lake. Periyar also harbours the leopard, wild dog, barking deer and mouse deer. On the rocky outcrops along the lake, monitor lizards can be seen basking in the sun.Return to the hotel after your boat ride. Overnight in Thekkady.
Day 10: Thekkady to Kumarakom drive, enroute Spice Plantation visit
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven to Kumarakom, which is located on the shores of the enchanting Vembanad Lake. Enroute stop to see the spice plantations. Later proceed to Kumarakom. Upon arrival in Kumarakom, proceed for check-in at your hotel. It is a beautiful town situated in the hills and is surrounded by some of the most fertile and beautiful scenery in the state with serene palm-fringed backwaters on the west and the Western Ghats on the east.
Late Afternoon proceed for a boat ride i.e. Sun set cruise on Vembanad Lake. You will come across many rare species of birds present in the Kumarakom bird sanctuary, returning to their nests with the sunset. Overnight in Kumarakom.
Day 11: Today you will board Houseboat
Morning leisurely buffet breakfast in hotel. Rest of the morning free. In the afternoon check – out from the hotel and proceed to embankment point to board houseboat on an unforgettable journey to Alleppey , passing through the coconut-palmed canals. Rest of the day on Houseboat. Overnight stay in Houseboat.
Kumarakom is a centre for houseboat cruises. Traditionally, the houseboats were called Kettuvallam, which means a boat made by trying together pieces of wood. Unbelievable as it may sound, not a single nail is used in the making of a Kettuvallam. Jack wood planks are joined together with coir rope and then coated with black resin made from boiled cashew nuts shells.