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Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Udaipur - Mumbai - Cochin - Munnar - Thekkady - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Trivandrum - Kanyakumari - Trivandrum - Mumbai (15 Nights / 16 Days)

Day 01 / Arrival Delhi
Arrive Delhi - New Delhi is the blend of old and new. The contrast between the two is very much visible by the culture, lifestyle and tradition. Old Delhi still has the influence of Mughals with monuments, mosques and forts all through the complicated streets. Old bazaars and food are some of the specialties of Old Delhi. Whereas New Delhi is completely different with lifestyle and city's architecture having the influence of British Rule in India. Meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.

Birla Temple Tour delhi holidays PackageDay 02 / Delhi
After breakfast gear up for your visit of Old & New Delhi :
OLD DELHI - A sightseeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the 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. Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India. Red Fort - One of the most spectacular pieces of Mughal Architecture is the Lal Quila or the Red Fort. Built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan between 1638 and 1648, the Red Fort has walls extending up to 2 kms. in length with the height varying from 18 mts. on the river side to 33 mts. on the city side. Chandni Chowk - a place that has a history of about 400 years. More evidences of the ancient times that once existed in old Delhi can be found out by winding through the labyrinthine lanes of Chandni Chowk in a rickshaw. The pleasure associated with the Rickshaw Ride here is ultimate. The rickshaw rides gives the passengers an opportunity to see a different prospective of Chandni Chowk, which is otherwise only regarded as one of the favourite shopping avenues of Delhi.
NEW DELHI - An extensive sightseeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate -was built by Edwin Lutyens to pay homage to the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I and the Afgan War. Closely looking at the walls of India Gate would let you know the names of 90,000 soldiers who died during the World War I, the Afgan War and the North-West Frontier operations. The structure was finally completed in the year 1931. India Gate was originally called the All India War Memorial., Laxmi Narayan Temple also known as Birla Temple - one of the landmarks in the nation’s capital New Delhi. It was built in the 20th century by the Birla family of industrialists known for its many other temples in India. It is modern in concept and construction. It attracts several devotees and international tourists. The presiding deity here is Lakshmi Narayan (Vishnu), Parliament House, the President's Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. The evening is free to be spent at your leisure. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 03 / Delhi - Agra ( By road approx 205Kms / 04Hrs)
Morning drive to the city of Taj, Agra & transfer to hotel. Start the sightseeing of Agra by visiting the magnificent Taj Mahal one of the 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. It's a wealth of white marble and semi-precious stone-undoubtedly the highlight of your tour. A ride on Tonga upto Taj is sheer fun and frolic all through. Also visit the 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 alcove of inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded Peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms. Evening free to explore the Agra’s rich heritage of handicrafts in its markets. Night stay in Agra.

Day 04 / Agra – Jaipur ( By road approx 235kms/ 05Hrs ) enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri
After breakfast drive to Jaipur- the fabled “pink city” of the desert named after Jai Singh, the former Maharaja of Jaipur. This is the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe through the nine rectangular sectors subdividing it. The palaces and forts of the yesteryears, which were witnesses to the royal processions and splendors are now living monuments enroute visiting 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 in late evening & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Jaipur.

Places of winds Tour operator GuideDay 05 / Jaipur
After a relaxed breakfast proceed for a morning excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant Ride ascent to the fort.
AMBER FORT PALACE - 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. 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. Night stay in Jaipur.

Day 06 / Jaipur - Udaipur ( By road approx 405Kms/09Hrs )
Morning drive to Udaipur - A very serene and romantic Indian city, Udaipur has been shaped by commercial tourism in recent years, although does still manage to retain much of its earlier charm, away from its main tourist epicentre. The appearance of Udaipur really does depend on how heavy the monsoon rains were, since these fill up its beautiful Lake Pichola. enroute visiting the famous Brahma Temple. Continue drive to Udaipur. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Udaipur.

Day 07 / Udaipur
Morning city sight seeing tour of Udaipur. The city is built in 1559 A.D. by Maharaja Udai Singh and has been described as the most romantic spot on the continent of India by Col. James Todd. Visit the City Palace museum, The City Palace, one of the largest palaces in the world, can be approached through the Bari Pol or the Great Gate (1600) with the royal drums and then onto the Tripolia Gate (1725). The Tripolia is a triple gate made of marble arches. Between these two gates are eight carved toranas or archways under which the maharanas were weighed against gold and silver which was later distributed to the poor subjects. Popular entertainment like elephant fights took place in the court beyond the Tripolia Gate. Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir ( Folk art museum) The interesting collection exhibited by this Indian folk arts museum includes folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings. Also visit the Pratap Memorial. A stop the Moti Magri or Pearl Hill, overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake is the memorial of the Rajput hero Maharana Pratap with a bronze statue of the Maharana astride his favorite horse"Chetak". Evening Boat Ride at Lake Pichola.
Night stay in Udaipur.

Day 08 / Udaipur – Mumbai ( By flight)
Morning checkout from hotel and transfer to airport in time to connect flight for Mumbai - the business, industrial, financial, and celluloid hub of India. Mumbai is also often referred to as the city that never sleeps. This city of dreams was once presented to King Charles II in 1661 as part of the dowry when he married Princess Catherine de Braganza of Portugal. Today, it is the state capital of Maharashtra and the financial capital of India. To the tourists Mumbai offers an amazing array of places to visit. There are excellent excursion options to the neighboring hill stations and ancient caves from Mumbai. For the shoppers and the food freaks, Mumbai is an absolute visit. Arrive, meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Mumbai.

Day 09 / Mumbai
After breakfast proceed for half day tour of Mumbai covering Gateway of India – Built to commemorate the royal visit of George V and Queen Mary in 1911 but only completed in 1924, the gateway is a combination of European and Indian ceremonial architecture. The last British troops marched out through this gate when India became independent in 1947. Today it is a favorite haunt of tourists. The Prince of Wales Museum - This museum stands not too far from the Gateway of India. It has a priceless collection of art, sculpture, china and other antics. Carefully presereved, this mid-Victorian Gothic style building built in 1904 with beautiful gardens surrounding it, is worth visiting in Mumbai. Chowpatty Beach & Juhu Beach - Chowpatty beach is situated on Marine Drive. This beach is well-known for it's stalls selling "Bhel-Puri and Pani -Puri chat" a favourite fast food among the Mumbaites and visitors to the city. Juhu Beach is the most popular beach in Mumbai which is 30 kms away from the heart of Mumbai. It is a long stretch of sandy beach from Santacruz to Vile-Parle. This is a very popular beach for picnic. Both these beaches are crowded on week-ends. Night stay in Mumbai.

Day 10 / Mumbai - Cochin ( By flight )
Morning transfer to airport to board the flight to 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. From time immemorial, the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left indelible marks on the history and development of Cochin. Over the years, Cochin has emerged as the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala and is perhaps the second most important city on the west coast of India (after Mumbai/Bombay). Cochin is proud of its world class port and international airport that link it to many major cities worldwide. This lovely seaside city is flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. Its proximity to the equator, the sea and the mountains provide a rich experience of a moderate equatorial climate. Strictly speaking, Cochin is a small town. But, Cochin has outgrown its original bounds and is now the general name given to much of the region adjoining the original town, which now includes Cochin, Fort Kochi, Mattanchery, Ernakulam and many other nearby towns and villages. Cochin is situated in Ernakulam district in the state of Kerala. Ernakulam is also the name of a town - the administrative capital of Ernakulam district - but, for all practical purposes Ernakulam and Cochin, generally, refer to the same place. Rest of the day at leisure. Visit local markets etc. Night stay in Cochin.

Day 11 / Cochin - Munnar ( By road approx 150Kms/ 03Hrs)
After breakfast drive to munnar. On arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Munnar tea gardens spread like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometers, lust green hills, a place so difficult to describe, very low population too far from pollution, most of the covered by Tata tea. Also the Raja Malai, a top peak of Munnar where you can see Neel Thar (mountain goats), Muttupetty dam, Indo Swiss project; you can also enjoy boating in the Lake (optional). Night stay in Munnar.

Thekkady wildlife holiday vacation packagesDay 12 / Munnar - Thekkady ( By road approx 110Kms / 02Hrs & half an hour)
After breakfast drive to the Thekkady - is tantamount to proud mountains, winding valleys, scented plantations and crisp air. The periyar forest of Thekkady is abode to one of the finest natural wildlife sanctuaries in India. Spread over a picture perfect landscape, it holds great opportunities for wildlife watching and photography. A cruise on the lake might just strike that long forgotten string of the heart. Set off on a memorable plantation tour, spice garden trek, walking through the cardamom, coffee, pepper and tea plantations. Make most of it by walking into tribal settlements and watching their life from close. On arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon visiting wildlife sanctuary and Boat Ride on lake Periyar. Night stay in Thekkady.

Day 13 / Thekkady - Kumarakom ( By road 120Kms/ 02Hrs & half an hour)
After breakfast drive to Kumarakom - the name “Kumarakom” was derived from the sentence Kumaran’s Akam or place where Kumaran is referred to its oldest temple. Historically, this village was actually a part of Vadakkankore Kingdom which later conquered by the King of Travacore. However, the modern history of this beautiful village begun with the British farmer named Alfred George Baker in 1847. Enroute visiting Spices, Tea, Coffee and Rubber Plantation. On arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit to the nearby bird sanctuary and optional boat ride to the nearby village through lagoons. Night stay in Kumarakom.

Day 14 / Kumarakom - Alleppey - Trivandrum
After breakfast into a motor boatwater cruise from Kumarakom to Alleppey for 2 hrs. On Arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Trivandrum including Napier Museum or Art Gallery - Napier Museum complex reveals a glimpse of Kerala's rich cultural heritage. An exceptional piece of architecture, the Museum is named after the former Madras Governor General John Napier. The Napier Museum is also called the Government Art Museum. The Museum building is a combination of the Kerala, Mughal, Chinese and Italian architectural styles. Built by the 19th century British architect Chisholm, it has a unique natural air-conditioning system. A veritable treasure house for connoisseurs of art, the intriguingly eclectic collection of bronzes, historic ornaments, ivory carvings and chariots, it is the pride of this place. Kovalam beach etc. Return to the hotel for night stay in Trivandrum.

Day 15 / Trivandrum - Kanyakumari ( By road approx 200Kms/ 04Hrs)
After breakfast proceed for Kanyakumari. Enroute visiting Padnabhapuram palace - A magnificent wooden palace of the 16th century, Padmanabhapuram Palace lies at the land's end of mainland India - Kanyakumari. An enticing ediffice to any lover of art and architecture this old palace of the Rajas of the erstwhile Travancore (1550 to 1750 AD) is a fine specimen of Kerala's indigenous style of architecture. The antique interiors are replete with intricate rosewood carvings and sculptured decor. The palace also contains 17th and 18th century murals. One can see: the musical bow in mahogany, windows with coloured mica, royal chairs with Chinese carvings, 'Thaikkottaram' or the Queen Mother's palace with painted ceilings, rose wood and teak carved ceilings with 90 different floral designs. Suchidram - A beautiful temple, with typical South Indian architecture, situated just about 13 kms from Kanyakumari, and is a treat to visit. The insides of the temple are very intricately carved out of stone. There is a huge 18 feet idol of Lord Hanuman on your right, as soon as you enter the temple. There are musical pillars, cut out of a single rock. There are 1035 pillars with carvings and stories from the Ramayana and Mahabharata are depicted on either side of the temple. There is the pujari who doubles up as your guide and takes you around inside the temple and describes the details about the idols, the history, and the construction of the temple. It is believed that Lord Indra was blessed by Lord Shiva and hence the name Suchi which means "purified" Indram.. On arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Kanyakumari Temple, etc. Witness sunset in the evening. Night stay in Kanyakumari.

Day 16 / Kanyakumari - Trivandrum - Mumbai ( By flight ) Departure
Early morning witness the sunrise from the terrace of the hotel and after breakfast drive to the Trivandrum Airport to connect the flight.

Includes:
» 15 nights accommodation as per the itinerary with daily breakfast.
» Surface Travel by exclusive airconditioned car.
» All transfers, sightseeing as per the itinerary.
» Local English speaking guides.
» Elephant ride in Jaipur ( Subject to availability), Boat ride in Udaipur lake .
» Kathakali entrance Tickets
» 2 hrs motor boat cruise .
» All taxes, driver allowances, parking etc.

Does not include:
» Entrance fee to monuments.
» Any airfare .
» Any meals except breakfast.
» Tips, beverages, laundry etc.
» Any item not shown in cost Includes

Hotels Selected - Luxury (5* Deluxe)
Delhi : The Oberoi / The Imperial
Agra : The Oberoi Amarvilas
Jaipur : The Oberoi RajVilas
Mumbai : Taj Mahal Palace & Tower
Cochin : Brunton Boatyard
Periyar : Spice Village
Udaipur : Udaivilas
Kovalam : Leela Kempinski
Kumarakom : Kumarakom Lake Resort
Munnar :Windermere Estate
Kanyakumari:Sea View Inn

Hotels Selected - Royal (5*)
Delhi : The Metropolitan / The Lalit / The Grand
Agra : Jay Pee Palace / Taj View / Trident
Jaipur : Hotel Trident / Le Meridien
Mumbai : Trident Nariman Point / Leela Kempinsky / Intercontinental The Lalit
Cochin : Cochin : Trident Hilton / Casino
Periyar : Spice Village
Udaipur : Trident / Shiv Niwas / The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace /Radisson Plaza Resort & Spa
Kovalam :Tranvencore Heritage
Kumarakom : Coconut Lagoon
Munnar :Windermere Estate
Kanyakumari:Sea View Inn

Hotels Selected - Classic (4*)
Delhi : The Connaught / Hotel City Park / De Marks
Agra : Clarks Shiraz / Holiday Inn
Jaipur : Hari Mahal Palace/ Wall Street / Hotel Clarks Amer / Ramada Plaza / Country Inn & Suits by Carlson
Mumbai : Ambassador/ Fariyas /Mirador
Cochin : Gokulam Park Inn /Avenue Regent
Periyar : Cardamom Country
Udaipur : Uday Kothi / Shikarbadi
Kovalam :Tranvencore Heritage
Kumarakom : Coconut Lagoon
Munnar :Windermere Estate
Kanyakumari:Sea View Inn

Hotels Selected - Jewel (3* - 4* & Heritage)
Delhi : Hotel Gautam Deluxe / Hotel Sunstar
Agra : Hotel Amar / Hotel Usha Kiran
Jaipur : Hotel Jas Vilas / Nana ki Haveli / Dera Rawatsar
Mumbai :Four season /Godwin / Suba Palace
Cochin:Arches /Napier House
Periyar : Cardmum County
Udaipur : Amet Haveli / Hotel Rajdarshan / Swaroop Vilas
Kovalam :Tranvencore Heritage
Kumarakom :Kayaloram
Munnar :Tea County
Kanyakumari:Sea View Inn

Hotels Selected - Economy (2* Moderate)
Delhi : Hotel Blue Bell / Hotel De Gold
Agra : Royale Residency / Hotel Pushapvila
Jaipur : Hotel Vijay Niwas / Hotel Sarang Palace
Mumbai : Metro International / Privilege inn
Cochin: Park Central /Woods Manor/ Abad Plaza
Periyar : Slver Crest
Udaipur : Mahendra Prakash Haveli / Hotel Shree Jagdish Mahal
Kovalam :Hotel Rockholm / Sawagat
Kumarakom:Cocobay Resort
Munnar :Edasherry Eastend
Kanyakumari: Shingar


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