12 Days / 11 Nights
Day 01: Arrive Delhi & drive to Jaipur
Arrive Delhi and drive to Jaipur - The capital city of the state of Rajasthan is popularly known as the ‘Pink City’ of the terra-cotta-colored lime plaster that coats the old part of the city's walls, buildings, and temples. Arrive and check in. Overnight at Jaipur.
Day 02: Jaipur city tour
Morning, proceed for an excursion to Amber Fort - the original Palace was built by Raja Mansingh and later additions were made by Sawai Jai Singh. One of the finest example of Rajput architecture. Enjoy the ascent to the Palace on the back of a brightly caparisoned elephant. Visit the multiple chambers and hallways of the palace which are famous for their design and decorations.
Afternoon, proceed for a city tour to visit the unique Jantar Mantar, which is a magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728 and drive past the Hawa Mahal, an intriguing “Palace of Winds”. This was really a facade built in 1799, to allow royal ladies to view the city from the windows. Later visit the opulent City Palace, the former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal style which has grand museums displaying an excellent collection of miniature paintings, costumes and armory. Overnight at Jaipur
Day 03: Jaipur – Agra & Agra tour (04 hrs)
After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Agra later proceed to Agra city tour - visit the world famous Taj Mahal (closed on Fri's) - one of the seven wonders of the world, a mausoleum built by Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, Agra Fort - The high red sandstone ramparts of this great monument stretch for almost 2.5 km, dominating a bend in the river Yamuna, northwest of the Taj Mahal. The foundation of this majestic citadel was laid by the Emperor Akbar, and it developed as a stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Evening is free for shopping activities. Overnight stay in Agra.
Day 04: Agra – Delhi (03 hrs)
After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Delhi- capital of modern India. Many dynasties and rulers have flourished on its regal soil over the last 3000 years. The legacy still survives in many monuments varying from the 13th century mausoleum of the Lodi Kings to the buildings of British India's imperial past like the Parliament House and the Presidential Estate. Overnight at Delhi.
Day 05: Tour Delhi
Morning breakfast at hotel later proceed on a tour of Old Delhi, visit the Red Fort, Raj Ghat - a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, Ashoka Pillar and the mile-long Chandni Chowk bazaar. Later tour New Delhi, drive along Rajpath the capital’s broadest avenue, for a view of the Parliament House, the President’s House and India Gate. Visit the Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and Birla Temple. Evening is at leisure. Overnight at Delhi.
Day 06: Fly Delhi – Kochi (13:30 – 16:30)
Upon arrival you will be welcomed by our representative & transferred to HOTEL. Kochi - formerly known as Cochin in the coastal state of Kerala. With a natural harbor that has always been one of the finest in the world. Overnight at Kochi.
Day 07: Kochi - Munnar (04 hrs.)
Today drive to Munnar - Kerala’s principle tea growing area, driving uphill though cardamom plantations and undulating tea fields. This is a great opportunity to take some photos of a unique landscape, and hopefully see the tea pickers at work. On arrival check in. This afternoon you will have time to enjoy the cool air of the hills and take a guided walk through the plantations. Overnight at Munnar.
Day 08: Munnar Tour
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Munnar, visit Pothamedu - is known for its plantation business apart from trekking and hiking options amidst sylvan surroundings, Devikulam - is an idyllic hill station near Munnar, Pallivasal - is home to the first hydropower project in Kerala, Attukal - has several panoramic waterfalls and offers trekking options, Nyayamakad - is again a well-known picnic spot around Munnar, Mettupetty - has an artificial lake built by a small hydroelectric project & Rajamala - is known as the natural habitat of endangered Nilgiri Tahr. Later return to hotel. Evening is free to relax. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 09: Munnar - Thekkady (03 hrs)
After Breakfast check out from hotel and drive to Thekkady, today game viewing is on board boats, which carry you along convoluted waterways and afford sightings of elephant, bison, deer and occasionally tiger. This tropical habitat makes it one of the premiere reserves of southern India with all manner of flora and fauna in abundance. Return for breakfast, later visit spice plantation where you can learn about pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla among many other spices and plants. Overnight at Thekkady.
Day 10: Thekkady – Alleppey (04 hrs)
After breakfast checkout from hotel and proceed to Alleppey, Arrive & check-in a house boat, to Alleppey, check in to Houseboat, backwater cruise through the Paddy fields, coconut lagoons, Narrow canals, Coir villages etc. Overnight stay.
Day 11: Alleppey – Kochi (02 hrs) & Kochi Tour
Morning, Kochi tour begins from “The Dutch Palace” also known as Mattancherry Palace, built by Portuguese in 1555, which is famous for its murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana and the puranic legends. Adjacent to the palace is the Jewish Synagogue built in 1568. Also visit the St. Francis Church, established by the Portuguese Franciscan friars in 1503. Vasco Da Gama was buried in the courtyard of this European church built in India. The tour also includes a visit to the seaside where one can still see the, nearly a century old Chinese fishing nets which are still in use. Evening witness a Kathakali, a traditional dance form depicting Indian epics (Ramayana and Mahabharata). The dancers are dressed in very colorful and elaborate costumes. Their faces are painted to depict various characters of these epics. This dance has a lot of facial expressions and brisk, yet articulate body movements. Overnight at Kochi.
Day 12: Departure
After breakfast checkout from hotel and transfer to Kochi airport for onward destination.