Incredible India Tour
13 Nights / 14 Days
Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Mumbai - Bangalore – Cochin - Alleppey – Cochin – Chennai
Arrive Delhi (By Flight)
On your arrival in Delhi, you will be met by our representative and transfer to hotel. Delhi was the capital of Indraprastha and capital of the Pandavas during the Mahabharata. This magnificent city has been inhabited from the 6th century BC and has been a capital of many kingdoms. It has been destroyed and rebuilt many times and is called the “city of cities”.
Delhi’s culture has been influenced by its different rulers and the city is full of beautiful monuments. The Mughal rulers influenced the food habits of the residents and Mughlai cuisine originated here. Due to the proximity of different states, all festivals are celebrated here. Old Delhi is a maze of small lanes and old buildings and New Delhi has large road with huge buildings. Delhi is the capital of India and is the hub for politics. Overnight in Delhi.
Your morning tour starts with Old Delhi, built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1639 AD. You will visit the Raj Ghat where father of our nation Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.You will be visiting the museum that was built to commemorate him. You will be driven past the iconic Red Fort and Chandni Chowk, a very popular and a busy market in Old Delhi to the next stop – Jama Masjid, one of the iconic, historic and largest mosques in India – built by Shah Jahan. A rickshaw ride (OPTIONAL) in Chandni Chowk could be quite interesting as this part of the city is quite crowded as it is full of shops. These numerous shops sell delicious mouth-watering food, clothes, jewels, household, etc. and are virtually a shopper’s paradise.
In the afternoon, you will visit Qutub Minar, touted as India’s largest Minaret. Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built in 1192 by Turk ruler Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak. Your next stop is India Gate, built in memory of the Unknown Soldier. You will be driven past the Parliament House, President’s House and other Government Secretarial Buildings. Overnight in Delhi.
Delhi – Agra (By Surface approx. 3.5 hrs drive)
This morning you will drive to Agra. Agra the former capital of Hindustan is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna. Agra is a major tourist destination of India and a part of the olden Triangle tourist circuit along with Delhi and Jaipur. Agra also known as Akbarabad went through its peak during the time of Mughals and was the capital of under the Mughal rulers Akbar, Jahangir and Shahjehan. In the visit of Agra, you will be taken to Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world. This beautiful building is elegantly built with white marble by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between the years 1631 to 1648 and it was built in the memory of his favourite beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal. Standing majestically on banks of Yamuna River, this breath taking, immensely beautiful monument is a synonymous to romance and love. TAJ MAHAL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS. Your next stop Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and known for its architectural structure and was built in the 16th century during the Mughal Empire. This place comprises of several fairy-tale palaces like Khas Mahal and Jahangir Palace. Over here you will also get a chance to see Diwan-e-Aam and Diwan-e-Khas, which are also known as private audience hall and public adience hall. Afternoon can be spent visiting more places of interest or shopping. Agra is famous for inlaid marble work and handicrafts made of marble, wood and
metal. Overnight is in Agra.
Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur (By Surface approx. 6 hrs drive)
This morning, you will be transfer from Agra to Jaipur visiting Fatehpur Sikri on the way. Fatehpur Sikri built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century holds exceptional testimony to Mughal civilization and is one of well-known UNESCO World heritage site of India and has various historical monuments. You will visit the Jama Masjid, followed by the Tomb of Salim Chishti, the five storied Panch Mahal and Buland Darwaza a graceful monument and stupendous piece of beautiful architectures. It is central portico with a total of three arched entrances and is locally known as Horseshoe gate. You will visit the other graceful buildings of this place such as Ibadat Khana, Mariam-uz-Zamani’s palace, Naubat Khana and Birbal’s house.
After the visit of Fatehpur Sikri, you will be driven to Jaipur. Jaipur, also known as the pink city is the capital of Rajasthan. Many captivating palaces are present here having breathtaking design and architecture. In the 18th century Prince of Wales had visited Jaipur and the entire city was painted in pink colour and due to these pink buildings the city is known as the pink city. Origin of Jaipur lies 260 years back. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh and Jaipur got its name from this king. The rest of the day could be spent visiting the Jaipur bazaars or walking down the crowded colorful streets. Overnight is in Jaipur.
The morning journey starts from Amer fort also known as Amer Palace, the earlier capital of Jaipur. This magnificent fort was constructed in red sand-stone and marble by Raja Man Singh and is divided into four sections each with a courtyard. The main entrance gate is Surajpol having a fascinating architecture. Near the Ganesh Gate, there is a temple dedicated to the Goddess Sila Devi. The Diwan-e-Aam – Hall of public audience, Diwan-e-Khas – hall of private audience, Sheesh Mahal – palace of mirrors and Sukh Niwas are quite beautiful. At the Sukh Niwas, a pleasant climate is created by winds that blow over a water cascade. You could ascend the fort by walking up the steps or on an elephant’s back or in jeeps.
In Jaipur you will be taken to Maharaja City Palace, a royal palace with seven storey as well as Jantar Mantar, the observatory. This wonderful observatory attracts mathematicians as well as astronomers from the whole world. City palace is perfect blend of
all three excellent styles (Mughal, Rajput and European). Drive past to Hawa Mahal which is popular all over the world for its magnificent architecture. You will be taken through Pink Rose Garden as well business centers of Jaipur. A tour of Jaipur is not complete without shopping. Jaipur is famous for clothes, carpets, precious and semi-precious stones and
jewellery and various handicrafts made of wood, metals, etc. and also for silk paintings and miniatures. Overnight is in Jaipur.
Jaipur – Mumbai (By Flight)
In time transfer to airport to board flight for Mumbai. Meet & assist on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Mumbai (formerly called Bombay) is a densely populated city on India’s west coast. A financial centre, it’s India’s largest city. On the Mumbai Harbour waterfront stands the iconic Gateway of India stone arch, built by the British Raj in 1924. Offshore, nearby Elephanta Island holds ancient cave temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The city’s also famous as the heart of the Bollywood film industry. Rest day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Half day sightseeing tour includes Gateway of India, Mumbai’s principle landmark. This arch of yellow basalt was erected on the waterfront in 1924 to commemorate King George V’s visit to Mumbai in 1911. Drive pass the Secretariat of Maharashtra Government and along the Marine Drive which is fondly known as the ‘Queen’s Necklace’. Visit Mani Bhavan, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his visits to Mumbai. Drive past the Victoria Terminus, the principal railways station of Mumbai, a beautiful building that symbolize the ethos of the Edwardian architecture, well worth a photo stop. At the Church gate station see the Dabbawala’s-a unique tiffin delivery service run by over 5000 semiskilled workers of delivering lunch to corporate executives from their homes. Rest day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Mumbai – Bangalore (By Flight)
In time transfer to airport to board flight for Bangalore.
Meet and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
The morning tour will take you to the important places of interest in Bangalore. The tourist spots in Bangalore are Lal Bagh, Maharaja’s Palace, etc. You will also include the various temples in the Bangalore sight-seeing. Bangalore the Silicon Valley of India is known as the “Garden City of India”. The Lal Bagh started by Hyder Ali and finished by his son Tipu Sultan has India’s largest collection of tropical plants – over a 1000 species of flora and also trees over 100 years old. The construction of the Bangalore Palace was started in 1862 and completed in 1944 and looks similar to the Windsor Castle in England. Drive past different
Government buildings. Overnight at Hotel.
Bangalore – Cochin (By Flight)
In time transfer to airport to board flight for Cochin. Meet and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Cochin, a city till today influenced by medieval Portugal, Holland and England. You visit St. Francis Church, built in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan friars where Vasco da Gama was buried for 14 years before his remains were transferred to Lisvon. His tombstone still stands. Nearby is the Mattancherry Palace or “Dutch Palace”. The central hall on the Ist floor was the coronation hall of the rajas of Cochin. Other rooms depict scenes from the Ramayana and Puranic legends connected with Hindu gods. Amazing are the Chinese fishing nets. These cantilevered fishing nets line the entrance to the harbour mouth. They were introduced by traders from the courts of Kublai Khan. You also see the Jew City with the Jewish Synagogue, constructed in 1568, with hand-painted, willow-pattern floor tiles brought from Canton in the mid-18th century by a Rabbi, who had trading interest in that city. Overnight at hotel.
Cochin – Alleppey (By Surface, approx. 2 hrs.)
After breakfast, Checkout from the hotel and proceed to Alleppey. By noon board your private houseboat for overnight stay. Quote “Houseboat “experience through backwaters are very unique, but we suggest not to compare the facilities / luxury amenities with any of the star hotels. “
“Houseboat or Kettuvallams “ are huge, tapering barges which were traditionally used to cargo rice and d other goods across Kerala. It has a portion covered with bamboo and coir serving as kitchen and rest rooms for the crew. These boats are entirely built without the use of nails. Planks of jack wood are woven together with coir ropes and coated with a black resin made from boiled cashew kernels Modern-day Kettuvallams called houseboats, carry finished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony where tourists can laze on cushions. Sections of the carved roof of wood and plaited palms open out to provide shade and allow an uninterrupted view. Cruise through the tranquil backwaters, wider and narrow canals passing by lush green paddy fields, villages, temples, churches, rustic houses etc. giving you opportunity to view the life on the backwaters –it beats at its own gentle rhythm. You will step into a different world altogether – this will surely be the highlight of the tour. The meals will be served on board.
Terms & Conditions at Houseboat-Alleppey
Ø Normal Houseboat cruise start from 12:00 Noon to 17:30 hrs. & next day from 06:30 AM
to 09:00 AM
Ø Between 1730 hrs. and 06:30 hrs. the boat will be anchored in safer place (in the lake or
canal) for dinner and overnight stay
Ø Meal plan applied on full board basis (i.e.; inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Ø The Menu will be Traditional Kerala with 01 non- veg for lunch & 01 Non- veg for dinner
Ø Beverages like soft drinks & any additional dishes items apart from normal menu to order
will be charged extra on actual.
Ø Air conditioners in the bedroom will be switched on only from 9 PM to 6 AM
Overnight at Houseboat.
Alleppey – Cochin (By Surface, approx. 2 hrs.)
Cochin – Chennai (By Flight)
In time transfer to airport to board flight for Chennai.
Meet and assist on arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Morning half day city sightseeing tour includes a visit to the Government Museum and Art Gallery, to see the art and bronze gallery (closed on Fridays and public holidays) and also a visit to the famous 16th century Kapaleeshwarar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, sacred to Tamil Shivaties. Non-Hindus are only allowed up to the outer courtyard. Later drive past Fort St. George, Marina Beach and San Thome Cathedral. Overnight at hotel.
Leave Chennai (By Flight)
In time transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.
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South Indian Cuisine
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