Golden Triangle & Enchanting Kerala

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11

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$1600 USD /Person

About tour

Golden Triangle is the name given to the most famous trinity of Indian tourism - Delhi, Agra & Jaipur. This trip takes you through the Golden Triangle which is plush with history, culture, colorful markets and culinary delights. From the vivid pink houses in Jaipur to the dreamy intricacy of the Taj Mahal, each architectural wonder you'll encounter on this journey tells the story of a fascinating past, complemented by the culturally-rich modern society that surrounds it.

The second part of the trip will take you through the enchanting Kerala state in south India, which is also known as "God's own Country". Let the mesmerizing backwaters of Alleppey and Kumarakom set pace to your day and laid-back village life soothe your heart. A leisurely kayaking trip through the serene Vembanad Lake and backwaters will be soul soothing experience. A jeep ride through the endless tea plantations of Munnar will be treat for your eyes. Treat your taste buds with flavors never known before.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Delhi

Arrive by flight at Delhi before noon. Welcome to the chaos of Delhi. Love it or hate it, but you cannot just ignore it. It is capital of India and the base location to explore North India. The largest city of India, Delhi is considered to be the city with a heart. The city’s importance lies not just in its past glory as the seat of empires and magnificent monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures.

The private car will pick you from Delhi Airport and transfer to the hotel for check-in. In the late afternoon head out for some Delhi exploration. We will cover the central Delhi this day, which is the seat of the country’s political power. Drive past Rashtrapati Bhavan (the official residence of the First Citizen of India – the President) and the Parliament of India. Visit Rajpath (which means the "King's Way”), a ceremonial avenue that is located in the heart of New Delhi. Then visit India Gate, which is like the “Arc de Triomphe” of India. It is a memorial to 70,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21 in the First World War. Since 1971 it has served as India's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and as a memorial of the unsung heroes of the wars.

Reach back hotel by late evening. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Delhi.

Meals: None

Day 2 : Delhi

Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast to start your day. Then head out for exploring Delhi. A mixture of history with a taste of everyday Delhi, today’s itinerary covers all aspects of this former capital of the Mughal Empire. Stop off at the UNESCO World Heritage sites, Humayun’s Tomb. Built in 1570, it is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Then visit the magnificent Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656. After that visit the bustling Chandni Chowk – one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. Enjoy an eco-friendly rickshaw ride at Chandni Chowk, and feel like a local. After that visit the towering Qutub Minar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a 73-metre (239.5 feet) tall tapering tower of five storeys. Qutb ud Din Aibak, founder of the Delhi Sultanate, started construction of the Qutb Minar's first storey around 1192.

Afterwards visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, one of the most prominent Sikh temples, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi, India and known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru – Guru Har Krishan, as well as the pool inside its complex, known as the "Sarovar."

Have dinner at a nice restaurant. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Delhi.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3 : Agra

After breakfast, check out from hotel & head towards Agra. Welcome to the city of Wonder… because it’s the place of Taj Mahal – one of the seven wonders of the world. Pictures of Taj Mahal don’t do the complete justice to its magnificence. It’s an epitome and symbol of love. You got to be here to feel your jaws drop. Agra used to be the historic capital of the Mughal empire.

Reach Agra by afternoon. Have lunch at a nice restaurant. Check-in at hotel and freshen up. In the late afternoon visit Agra Fort, a historical fort, which remained the main residence of the Mughal emperors till 1638. Walking through courtyard after courtyard of this palatial red-sandstone and marble fortress, your amazement keeps growing as you hear about the history of this fort from the guide. In the evening visit the local market to get the true essence of Agra city. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Agra.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 4 : Jaipur

Early in the morning, visit the majestic Taj Mahal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Taj Mahal looks really mesmerizing at the sunrise.

After breakfast check out from hotel, and head towards Jaipur. On the way take a short detour to visit Chand Baori, a stepwell built over a thousand years ago in the Abhaneri village of Rajasthan. About 100 feet deep, it is India's largest and deepest stepwells with 13 floors and was built in the 9th century for water harvesting.

Then continue towards Pink City - Jaipur, famous for its broad avenues, massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and a proud culture. Reach Jaipur by late afternoon. Check-in to hotel on arrival. In the evening head out for a guided walk tour through the Pink City market. Jaipur is also known as the shopper’s paradise. Jaipur's colorful markets offer a great break to stop and shop on your tour. Take in the glint and sparkle of the rows of shops selling hand-crafted bangles and other decoration items. While moving through the markets, you will come across the vivacious culture of this region.

Reach back at the hotel by late evening. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Jaipur.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 : Jaipur

Have a sumptuous breakfast and then set out for exploring the best attractions of Jaipur. Visit the historic heritage sites of Jaipur - Hawa Mahal ("Palace of Winds"), a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside. Then visit Jantar Mantar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh, and completed in 1738 CE.

Afterwards visit the City Palace. It houses the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, and continues to be the home of the Jaipur royal family. The palace complex has several buildings, various courtyards, galleries, restaurants and offices of the Museum Trust.

In the afternoon stop by to visit Jal Mahal, a palace in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city. It was built in the 17th century. Then visit the grand Amer Fort (or Amber Fort), also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the principal tourist attraction in the Jaipur and the current structure was built during the late 16th century by Rajput Kings. This magnificent fort comprises an extensive palace complex, built from pale yellow and pink sandstone, and white marble, and is divided into four main sections, each with its own courtyard. In the evening visit Nahargarh Fort, which provides a beautiful bird's eye view of entire Jaipur city.

Later in the evening enjoy dinner at a nice restaurant. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Jaipur.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6 : Kochi

After breakfast check-out from hotel and transfer to Jaipur Airport. Board the flight for Kochi. The serene Kochi (a.k.a. Cochin) has been drawing traders and explorers to its shores for over 600 years. Nowhere else in India could you find such an intriguing mix of giant fishing nets from China, a 400-year-old synagogue, ancient mosques, Portuguese houses and the crumbling remains of the British Raj. The result is an unusual blend of medieval Netherlands, Portugal and an English village grafted onto the tropical Malabar Coast.

Reach Kochi by evening. A private car will pick you from Kochi airport and transfer to the hotel. Check-in at hotel and relax. The evening is at your leisure. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Kochi.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 : Munnar

After breakfast check-out from hotel and head straight to Munnar. One of the biggest tea-plantation regions of South India, Munnar is one of the most beautiful and popular hill-stations of Kerala. The blissful hill station Munnar - famous for its tea estates, soothing lush greenery and craggy peaks, is located in the Western Ghats in the state of Kerala. It serves as the commercial center for some of the world’s largest tea estates. Munnar has many protected areas which are home to endemic and highly endangered species like the Nilgiri Thar and the Neelakurinji.

After around 5 hours drive reach Munnar by late afternoon. Check-in at hotel on arrival. In the evening head out to see Kalaripayattu Show. Kalaripayattu is an ancient Indian martial art, which originated as a style in Kerala. It is considered by some to be the oldest martial art still in existence, with its origin dating back to the 3rd century BCE.

Dinner & overnight stay will be at hotel in Munnar.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8 : Munnar

After breakfast head out for sightseeing. Embark on a jeep tour to the villages & tea plantations. Munnar is always synonymous to tea plantation, as it also one of the highest tea growing regions of the world. A trip to Munnar will be incomplete without having a visit to these tea plantations. The rolling hills around Munnar, South India's largest tea-growing region, are carpeted in emerald-green tea plantations, contoured, clipped and sculpted like ornamental hedges.

Afterwards visit Munnar Tea Museum. The tea museum preserves the aspects on the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Kerala's mountain region of the Western Ghats. Later head out for a Plantation Walk tour. Reach back at the hotel by evening.

Dinner & overnight stay will be at hotel in Munnar.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9 : Kumarakom

After breakfast check-out from hotel & head towards Kumarakom, a sleepy little village on the shores Vembanad Lake in Kerala, situated 14 Kms away from Kottayam. It offers wide variety of flora, exotic sightseeing, boating and fishing experience. Kumarakom is a true travel pleasure that will mesmerize your senses. It is a paradise on earth. It is one of the foremost travel destinations of India and a jewel in the crown of Kerala tourism.

Reach Kumarakom by afternoon. Check-in at the hotel on arrival and relax. Then head out for a eco-friendly Johnymoose Backwater Farm Kayaking trip. Have glimpses of day to day life of the locals living on the lake shores. After 2 hours Kayaking reach back to the hotel. Evening at your leisure. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel in Kumarakom.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 10 : Alleppey

After breakfast check-out from hotel & head towards Alleppey (Alappuzha). Welcome to the “Venice of the East” – Alleppey, world famous for its vast mesmerizing backwaters. Also known as Alappuzha, Alleppey is a city in the South Indian state of Kerala. Bordering the Laccadive Sea, it is known for its wide network of interlinking, palm-fringed canals called backwaters and rejuvenating Ayurvedic resorts. Allepey is also popular for its Houseboat cruises that pass through the serene backwaters, where you can catch glimpses of green paddy fields, choir making activities, beautiful avifauna and witness the life of locals in Kerala.

Reach Alleppey by noon. Check-in at a private houseboat. Have lunch on the houseboat. Enjoy a boat cruise through the magnificent Vembanad lake for an unforgettable experience of backwater cruising. Dinner & overnight stay at the houseboat in Alleppey.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11 : Alleppey

After breakfast check out from the houseboat and transfer to Kochi Airport. The private car will drop you at Kochi airport by noon, from where you could take your return flight.

To all the good things, comes an end. Bid farewell with the memories of amazing fun-filled 11 days of this trip through Golden Triangle & Enchanting Kerala, worth remembering for the lifetime!

Meals: Breakfast

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Important Notes

Taj Mahal remains closed on Friday. Please select your travel dates accordingly.

 

 

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