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Golden Triangle Tour with Kerala

Tour Duration: 14 Nights / 15 Days
Destinations Covered: Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Cochin - Munnar - Periyar - Kumarakom - Marari Beach

Day 01 – Arrive Delhi
Meeting and greetings on arrival at Delhi’s International airport and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 02 - At Delhi
Morning after breakfast at the hotel met your licensed local Guide and driver at hotel lobby and proceed for a combined tour of Old and New Delhi. 

Old Delhi visiting Red Fort - The red sand stone walls of Lal Quila, the Red Fort extend for 2 km and vary in height from 18m on the river side to 33m on the city side. Shah Jahan started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and it was completed in 1648. The Red Fort dates from the peak of Mughal power. The Mughal reign from Delhi was a short one. Aurangzeb was the first and the last emperor to rule from here. Jama Masjid- the Great Mosque of Old Delhi was both the largest and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan. Begun in 1644, the mosque was not completed until 1658. It has three gateways, four angle towers and two minarets standing 40m (133ft) high constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble. The courtyard of the mosque can hold 25,000 people. Take a rickshaw ride to Chandni Chowk - the main street of Old Delhi - the colourful shopping bazaar just opposite the Red Fort and visit Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi after his assassination in 1948.

New Delhi visiting Qutab Minar – 234 feet high tower. The Qutab Minar itself is a soaring tower of victory that was started in 1193, immediately after the defeat of the last Hindu kingdom in Delhi. It is nearly 73m(243ft) high and tapers from a 15m(50ft) diameter base to just 2.5m(9ft) at the top. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone, the fourth and the fifth of marble & sandstone. Also visit the Tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun. Built in the mid-16th century by Haji Begum, the Persian-born senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, this is a wonderful early example of Mughal architecture. The elements in its design – a squat building, high arched entrances that let in light, topped by a bulbous dome and surrounded by formal gardens – were to be refined over the years to the magnificence of the Taj Mahal in Agra. Drive past India Gate (War Memorial), President’s House, which was once the Viceroy’s Palace, Parliament House and Secretariat buildings. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 - Delhi to Agra - Drive - 4 hours – Taj Mahal remain closed on Fridays
Morning after buffet breakfast at the hotel drive to Agra in around 4 ½ hours.  Check in at the hotel on arrival. 

Afternoon visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, whose death in childbirth in 1631 left the Emperor so heartbroken that his hair is said to have turned gray overnight. Construction of the Taj, begun in the same year, was not completed until 1653. In total 20,000 people from India and Central Asia worked on the building. The Taj Mahal is like a silent rhapsody that you will carry in your heart. Also visit Agra Fort, constructed by Emperor Akbar in 1695 on the banks of the Yamuna River. Initially the fort was a military structure, but during Shah Jahan’s reign it had partially become a palace. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04 – Agra to Jaipur
Morning after buffet breakfast at the hotel proceed to Jaipur by car enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri 40 kms (25 miles) from Agra - a cultural and imperial capital conceived and built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and later abandoned due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings within the city including Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti and Panch Mahal.

After visiting, continue your drive to Jaipur (you have a chance to stop Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary if you are bird lovers) and check in at the hotel on arrival. Rest of the evening is left free to walk around in the streets of this city of colours. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05 – At Jaipur
Morning after breakfast at the hotel visit Amber Fort - the ancient capital of the state until 1728. The fort is a superb example of Rajput architecture, stunningly situated on a hillside and overlooking a lake, which reflects its terraces and ramparts. Visit the Jagmandir the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors, Jal Mahal and the Temple of Kali. You ride up to the ramp of this 11th Century Bastion atop a gaily decorated elephant (Subject to operation).

Afternoon guided City sightseeing tour : includes Maharaja’s City Palace - which occupies a large area divided into a series of courtyards, gardens and buildings. The outer wall was built by Jai Singh, but other additions are much more recent, some dating from the start of this century. Today, the palace is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The palace now houses a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine specimens of Rajput and Mughal paintings and weapons. Also visit Jantar Mantar- an observatory, next to the entrance of the City Palace, begun by Jai Singh in 1728. Jai Singh’s passion for astronomy was even more notable than his prowess as warrior and before commencing construction, he sent scholars abroad to study foreign observatories. Jantar Mantar appears to be just a curious collection of sculptures but in fact each construction has a specific purpose, such as measuring the positions of stars, altitudes and azimuths and calculating eclipses. Overnight at the hotel

Day 06 – Jaipur to Delhi – drive by car
Morning after relaxed breakfast at the hotel proceed to Delhi by car in around 5 hours. Arrive and check in at the hotel. Rest of the afternoon is free for independent activities or last minute shopping etc. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07 – Delhi to Cochin
Morning after breakfast at the hotel transfer to Airport to board flight for Cochin. Meeting on arrival at Cochin airport and transfer to the hotel.

Cochin - Known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea it is the heart of God’s Own Country and also the center of business and commercial establishments.

Afternoon commence sightseeing tour to visit Fort Cochin, Mattancherry, Spice Markets, Antique Shopping, Jewish Synagogue, St Francis Basilica, Dutch Palace, Vasco Da Gama Square and Chinese Fishing Nets. Return to the hotel in the evening for overnight stay.

Day 08 – Cochin to Munnar – proceed by car
After breakfast proceed to Munnar, where sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make it a unique experience. This hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British empire in south India. Check in to your resort / hotel and get ready for the special trip to Pothamedu for an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The breathtaking scenery here is ideal for trekking and long mountain walks. Time permiting also visit Mattupetty famous for its highly specialized dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss live stock project. Onwards from the farm you proceed to Mattupetty lake and dam, which is a very beautiful picnic spot. You could enjoy boating in the lake and view mountains and landscapes from afar. Onwards proceed to Echo point famous for the natural echo phenomenon and then to Top Station offering marvellous views of Munnar valley below. Return to the resort and enjoy the facilities at your resort.  Overnight at the hotel.

Day 09 – At Munnar
Full day exploration of this tea country and its surroundings. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 – Munnar to Periyar – Proceed by car
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Periyar - nestled in spice and rubber plantations. Known to be Kerala’s pride and testimony to nature’s splendour, Periyar has a lot to offer in terms of wildlife. Periyar is famous for its rare habitat of birds and animals and is one of the most popular destinations for nature lovers. Check in to your resort. Later proceed to visit cardamom hills where you could have a closer look at the spice plantations. Overnight at the resort / lodge.

Day 11 - Periyar to Kumarakom – by car
Morning commence motorboat ride to watch the wild life mainly wild elephants in herds. Other than wild elephants, you may also catch sight of Tigers, Bison, Spotted deer, Gaur and other animals. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake.
Afternoon proceed to Alleppey to board your waiting houseboat and sail through the backwaters of Kerala to Kumarakom. The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. A picturesque, clean village, Kumarakom is a tiny hamlet on the banks of a lagoon formed by the Vembanad lake. Check in to your resort where calm, emerald backwaters reflect hundreds of thousands of gently swaying palms where the primary attraction however, is its lazy ambience.
Meals and overnight on board the houseboat.

Day 12 – At Kumarakom
Morning after breakfast check out from the houseboat and check in at the Resort. Rest of day free to explore the bird sanctuary of Kumarakom and explore a whole new world of feathered species. For an inquisitive bird watcher it is an ideal place that echoes with the chirping of birds including a variety of migratory birds. Take a walk around the sanctuary while experiencing the sights and sounds of these birds. Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. Either you are free at leisure, or enjoy the backwaters with paddleboats, canoe and Kayaks at the lagoon available at the resort.

Day 13 - Kumarakom to Marari Beach
Morning after breakfast proceed to Marari Beach and check in at the Resort. Rest of the day at leisure to relax and enjoy the facilities available. You may opt Ayurveda treatment / massage being offered by the hotel.

Day 14 - At Marari Beach
Full Day at leisure OR Ayurveda treatment. Overnight at the Resort.

Day 15 – Depart Cochin
Transfer to Cochin airport in time to board flight to Mumbai or Delhi where you will board your homebound flight./
Bon Voyages

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