Day 01 / Arrival Delhi
Delhi - is a palimpsest, bearing the complexities, the contradictions,
the beauty and the dynamism of a city where the past coexists with
the present. many dynasties ruled from here and the city is rich
in the architecture of its monuments. Diverse cultural elements
absorbed into the daily life of the city have enriched its character.
Meet & greet by Culture Holidays representative at the airport & transfer
to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 02 / Delhi
After relaxed breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of New Delhi
where ornate buildings recall the days when India was the Jewel
in the crown of the British empire. Visit Humayun Tomb - The importance
of Humayun's Tomb in the evolution of Mughal architecture is great.
It is the first of a long series of dynastic tombs and innovative
in a number of ways, notably by virtue of the fact that it introduced
the garden tomb to the subcontinent.Qutab Minar - The tall minaret
was constructed in 1192 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, and later completed
by his successor Iltutmish. The soaring conical tower is an exquisite
example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture. Jama Masjid - the
largest mosque in India. A rickshaw ride in Mughal emperor Shah
Jahan's Shahjahanabad city (old Delhi) is one of the prime attractions
of Delhi. Chandni Chowk is a place to be explored and savoured
by all those who do not fear crowds and have always been attracted
by mixed sounds.India Gate, and the Grand Government Buildings,
the President’s House, Mahatama Gandhi Memorial or Raj Ghat
- the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most visited
sites in Delhi. It consists of a simple square black-marble platform
that stands on the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Nearby,
there are cremation sites of Jawaharlal Nehru - the first Prime
Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and
Lal Bahadur Shastri. Also visit Laxmi Narayan Temple popularly
known as Birla Temple - Birla temple patronized by Mahatma Gandhi,
who inaugurated this temple in 1938 after Raja Baldev Birla constructed
it, is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. It is close to Connaught Place
and is frequented by many devotees regularly. The temple was inaugurated
by Mahatma Gandhi on the condition that people of all strata of
society be allowed to offer prayers there on account of the large
scale prevalence of untouchability at that time. Night stay in
Day 03 / Delhi - Agra
(By superfast air-conditioned train Dep. 06:10 hrs. Arriv. 08:05
Early morning pick up from hotel & transfer to railway station
to board the superfast air-conditioned train to Agra. Breakfast in
the train. Arrive Agra in approx 02 hours & transfer to hotel.
Arrive & proceed to visit magnificent Taj Mahal - one of the
seven wonders of the world surely the most extravagant _expression
of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build
this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife. Sikandra -It is home
to Akbar's tomb. This grand monument was started by Akbar and completed
by his son Jahangir. The mausoleum was started by Akbar in the Spartan
style of Timurid architecture. Akbar's son Jahangir added more decorative
designs to the mausoleum. Agra Fort - the rusty and majestic red-sandstone
fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction
was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of
public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne
alcoveof inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions. Night
stay in Agra.
Day 04/ Agra - Jaipur
( By road approx 235kms/04hrs drive ) enroute visit Abhaneri Stepwell & Fatehpur
After breakfast drive to Jaipur enroute visiting Abhaneri
, a small town village, near Agra . The place is popular for the
amazing 'Baoris' (step wells) and Harshat Mata Temple. The village
of Abhaneri is believed to be established by the King Raja Chand.
Originally Abhaneri was named as Abha Nagri, which means the city
of brightness, but due to mispronunciation of the term, it is changed
to the present name. Then visit Fatehpur Sikri -a perfectly preserved
red sandstone “ghost
town” which was the estranged capital of Mughal emperor Akbar,
built in 1569 and deserted when its water supply failed. Arrive Jaipur & transfer
to hotel. Night stay in Jaipur.
Day 05 / Jaipur sightseeing – Delhi ( By air-conditioned
train Dep 1745hrs Arrv 2240hrs )
After breakfast checkout from hotel & visit the majestic Amber
Fort - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its
construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by
his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner
paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds
it's ultimate expression. Ride up on Elephants to the former capital
of the royals set against the backdrop of the wooded hills. Continue
sight-seeing. City Palace - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional
Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh
of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri
Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum. Jantar Mantar - This
is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built
by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory
consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.
Hawa Mahal - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is
a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storey structures of sandstone
plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies.
The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh,
the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women. Evening transfer
to railway station to board train to Delhi. Arrive, meet with our
representative & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 06 / Delhi – Cochin
( By Flight )
Morning transfer to airport to board flight for Cochin. Arrive Cochin
- is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian
peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala,
hailed as 'God's Own Country'. Its strategic importance over the
centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea.
Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala.
Meet and assistance at the airport & transfer to hotel. Later
proceed to visit Chinese Fishing Nets, this unique style of huge
cantilevered fishing nets were erected between 1350 and 1450 AD by
traders from the Court of Kubla Khan, a Chinese King. Santa Cruz
Basilica, this historic church was built by the Portuguese and elevated
to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. Pope John Paul II proclaimed
the Church a Basilica in 1984. The Jewish Synagogue, constructed
in 1568, this is the oldest Synagogue in the Commonwealth (closed
on Saturdays & Jewish Holidays). The area around the Synagogue,
called Jew Town, is the centre for Spice & Handicraft shops.Mattanchery
Palace (Dutch Palace), built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented
to the Regent of Kochi (closed on Fridays). Return to hotel rest
of the day free/ shopping at Ernakulam. Evening witness Kathakali
the famous dance drama of kerala. This dance is characterised by
some great story telling, amazing costumes and extensive make-up.
Start early to see the artist preparing themselves for the show (5
PM ). Watch in detail the ritual worth seeing hour long process of
make-up as part of our daily Kathakali performance. After the Performance,
you will have a unique opportunity to take photographs along with
the artists in colorful costumes as a souvenir. Entire performance
will be supported with commentary in English. Night stay in Cochin.
Day 07 / Cochin - Kumarakom
( By road approx 65kms/01 & half hrs drive )
Breakfast at hotel then drive to Kumarakom - Kumarakom is also
one of the enchanting backwater regions of Kerala. The labyrinthine
network of rivers, canals, streams and lagoons which form the famed
backwaters offer stunning views and is an ideal place to relax.
Visit Kumarakom bird sanctuary located on the banks of the backwaters
and renowned for its varied avian population. Local varieties such
as Waterfowls, Cuckoos and Owls, as well as the migratory Siberian
Cranes can be viewed here. Day excursion to the bird sanctuary.
Arrive & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Kumarakom.
Day 08 / Kumarakom - Alleppey ( By road approx 40kms/01hr drive)
After breakfast drive to Alleppey. On arrival transfer to Kettuvallam
(House Boat). Cruise start after Lunch on board. Houseboats or ‘Kettuvalloms’ are
luxurious boats with well-appointed bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms.
You can sunbathe on the deck or observe the palm fringed landscape
from your cabins. Apart from the mesmerizing surroundings it’s
the life along the coast that adds a touch of exotica to this experience.
The locals’ travel in canoes and you will find vegetable
sellers, fishermen and other traders bringing household goods,
door to door in small wooden boats. As you cruise along the backwaters
you can ask your captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and
other places. Night stay onboard houseboat.
Day 09 / Alleppey - Kovalam
( By road approx 160kms/03hrs drive )
Breakfast at hotel the drive to Kovalam - Thirty years ago, Kovalam
was a hippy idyll, a picture perfect tropical beach; a traditional
fishing village providing fresh fish, fruits and toddy (coconut beer).
Today this tiny beach is the focus of a multi-million dollar business,
drawing thousands of tourists for a week dose of ozone, UV and a
refreshing Indian Experience. Kovalam was brought to the public eye
by the Maharaja of Travancore. Over the past three decades, the place
has been well developed, and now figures prominently on the world
tourism map. Kovalam is just 16 kms away from Trivandrum.Today Kovalam
beach is known as the "Paradise of the South". Night stay
Day 10/ Kovalam
Breakfast at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Night stay in Kovalam.
Day 11/ Kovalam - Trivandrum
( By road approx 15kms/30 minutes drive )- Departure
After breakfast, then transfer to Trivandrum airport to board the
» 10 nights accommodation as per the itinerary.
» Daily breakfast.
» All meals onboard Houseboat.
» Breakfast onboard train from Delhi – Agra.
» Dinner onboard train from Jaipur – Delhi.
» Train tickets for Delhi – Agra & Jaipur - Delhi in air-conditioned chair car.
» Surface travel by exclusive air-conditioned medium car.
» All transfers, sightseeing, excursions as per the itinerary.
» Local english speaking professional guides.
» Rikshaw ride in Old Delhi.
» Tonga ride ( Horse Cart ) upto Taj.
» Elephant ride in Jaipur.
» Kathakali dance show in Cochin.
» Our personal assistance.
» All taxes, driver allowances, parking etc.
Does not include:
» Entrance fee to monuments.
» Any airfare
» Tips, laundry.
» Any item not shown in Cost Includes.
Internal airfares : ( Per person / Economy class )
Jaipur - Mumbai : USD 148 ( Jet airways / Dep. 08:10 hrs. Arriv. 09:45 hrs. )
Mumbai - Trivandrum : USD 185 ( Jet airways / Dep. 10:40 hrs. Arriv. 12:40 hrs. )
Cochin - Delhi : USD 176 ( Indian airlines / Dep. 07:30 hrs. Arriv. 10:30 hrs. )
Cochin - Mumbai : USD 166 ( Jet airways / Dep. 08:30 hrs. Arriv. 10:15 hrs. )
( Please note that above airfares are special fares based on advanced purchased basis so they fluctuate as per the seat availability .Once you will confirm the tour we will book the ticket and let you know if there is any changes in the airfares. )