Family Fun In India

Tour Type:
Private Escorted Tours
Start:
Delhi
Duration:
13 Days
End:
Cochin
Departs:
Daily

Starting From

NZ$ 7998
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We are family people and understand as the family grows, holidays will need to be scheduled around work and school holidays. Some day trips that involve travelling between destinations seem impractical when you are with family and kids but our family holiday is designed with experience so you can not only have a fun-filled holiday but also have time to bond as a family and create great memories of your holiday. We have included plenty of activities for the kids and parents as this journey introduces you to some of the most impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Taj Mahal, museum, search for the elusive tiger in the Ranthambore National Park and your holiday concludes with a beautiful beach stay in Kerala.

Itinerary

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DAY 1

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Delhi.

DAY 2

After breakfast, proceed for a guided sightseeing tour at Old & New Delhi. Begin with  Old Delhi with a drive past Red Fort Palace to reach Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India built in red sandstone. Between the mosque and Chandni Chowk is a narrow shop-lined street along which you will be transported by cycle rickshaws on your most photogenic journey of the tour. Visit International Dolls Museum (Closed on Monday), which has one of the largest collection of costume dolls anywhere in the world & will take you to your childhood days. Afternoon, explore New Delhi, which will include photo opportunities at some of the following attractions - the exterior of the Parliament House, the War Memorial Arch (India Gate) and residence of the President of India in New Delhi. Conclude your day with a visit to Qutub Minar; being one of the most important landmarks of Delhi, with calligraphically decorated interiors and also inscriptions of verses of the Holy Quran. Stay overnight in Delhi.

DAY 3

After leisurely breakfast, checkout from the hotel and drive to Jaipur. The first planned city of India is a treasure-trove of culture, art and history, famous for its colour, lifestyle and Rajasthani cuisine. It is a city exuding royal heritage and extravagant richness. The historic city also has many temples and shrines. On your arrival at Jaipur, check-into the hotel.

After brief rest, Indulge in an evening out, Jaipur-style! From the city’s most spectacular monuments to a thrilling tuk-tuk journey through the magical by-lanes of the Pink City, to an authentic Bollywood experience and traditional Rajasthani feast. Enjoy the evening as the locals do, travel by Tuk-tuk there’s no better way to experience the crazy traffic of India. This Jaipur tour will have you riding the city’s famous routes while your local guide recalls its stories and legends. Your ever-enthusiastic tuk-tuk driver will drop you off at the Raj Mandir, a beautifully designed and intricately decorated theatre often referred to as the Pride of Asia. Before taking in a Bollywood film, you’ll enjoy samosa with chilled lassi or Chai and a local delicacy called meetha paan, caramelized betel leaf with betel nut and aniseed. Later you’ll escape into the world of Bollywood song and dance, a truly local experience you’ll never forget. After the movie, you’ll head to one of Jaipur’s popular local restaurants to taste traditional Mughlai-Rajputana feast.  Later return to the hotel. Stay overnight in Jaipur.

DAY 4

Morning pick-up from hotel and proceed for guided sightseeing of Jaipur. Start your day with an excursion to the majestic Amber Fort with a photo stop at Hawa Mahal. Admire the facade of the Hawa Mahal, poetically known as the “Palace of Winds”. Continue to Amber Fort, the former ancient capital of Jaipur state built by Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar's army, which is a superb example of Rajput architecture. Ascend the fort by shared Jeep. Later proceed for guided tour of Jaipur city starting with City Palace Museum; boasts to have some of the priceless handwritten Hindu scriptures of the ancient past, miniature delicate paintings preserved painted ceilings and the elephant saddles (haudas), and is registered in the  Guinness Book of Records to contain the biggest silver objects in the world. Conclude your sightseeing with a visit to Jantar Mantar; one of the famed observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh is a complex of astronomical instruments, chiselled out of stone which provides fairly accurate information to this day.

The remaining day is at leisure for you to explore the Jaipur Bazaar. Enjoy hunting through the colourful and chaotic streets, shopping for souvenirs like silver jewellery, precious and semi-precious stones such as diamonds, topaz and emeralds, embroidered clothing and quilts, block printed textiles, lacquered brass work, leather footwear, miniature marble carvings and blue potteries. Besides shopping, one can also watch the skilful artisans at work. While walking down the lanes you will also witness the cultural heritage of the city unfolding a legacy of the royal past. Stay overnight in Jaipur.

DAY 5

After breakfast at the hotel in Jaipur, drive to Ranthambore. Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary is known for its tigers and is one of the best places in India to see these animals in their natural jungle habitat. Tigers can be easily spotted even in the daytime. The park's deciduous forests are characteristic examples of the type of jungle found in Central India. Other major wild animals include leopard, nilgai, wild boar, sambar, hyena, sloth bear and chital. The sanctuary is home to a wide variety of trees, plants, birds and reptiles, as well as one of the largest banyan trees in India. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities. Stay overnight at Ranthambore. 

**From 01 July – 30 September, Ranthambore will be replaced with Bharatpur as Ranthambore remains closed.

DAY 6

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drive in the Ranthambore National Park; one of the biggest and most renowned National Parks in Northern India. The park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of South-eastern Rajasthan, which is about 130 km from Jaipur. Being considered as one of the famous and former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, today the Ranthambore National Park terrain major wildlife tourist attraction spot that has pulled the attention of many wildlife photographers and lovers in this destination. The park is spread over an area of 1,334 sq km and majorly famous for its tigers and is one of the best locations in India to see the majestic predators in its natural habitat amongst many other reptiles, birds and wild animals. Lunch, Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel. 

(Ranthambore National Park remains closed from 01 July to 30th September every year. Game drives are scheduled between 0630–0930 AM & 0230 – 0530 PM, visitors are strictly advised to follow the guidelines of the national park and the wildlife tourist guide)

DAY 7

After breakfast, drive to Agra, home to India's most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal. A poem of white marble, the Taj is described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love. On arrival check into the hotel. Later enjoy the city tour of Agra. Begin with Agra Fort; built by Emperor Akbar, its construction commenced in 1565 and was completed in 1571. It is built with red sandstone and is a mixture of the Islamic and Hindu styles of architecture. Conclude your day with a visit to Itimad-Ud-Daulah, the first tomb to be built in white marble instead of red sandstone which marks the departure from the red sandstone buildings of Mughal architecture. This memorial was built by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir’s queen as a memorial to her father. The tombs sheer beauty will surprise you - the only reason it does not get more accolades is that it shares the stage with the incomparable Taj Mahal. Like the Taj, it has amazingly intricate ‘Pietra Dura’ inlay and lattice marble screens. The mausoleum rests in a walled garden with a view of the river Yamuna. Constructed in the year 1628, most historians believe that its design provided the inspiration for the Taj Mahal.

If time permits, explore the colourful markets of Agra which is known for its fabulous marble made handicrafts and soft stone inlay work. Come across the 3 Dimensional thread work of Zardozi which is a famed ancient art. Learn about local perfumes “Itar” with a different aroma. While exploring these markets of Sadar Bazar, Kinari Bazar, Raja-ki-Mandi, etc. you also come across the famous sweet of Agra – “PETHA. Stay overnight in Agra. 

DAY 8

Early morning, visit Taj Mahal(Closed on Friday) - the epitome of love, stands on the banks of the river Yamuna built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. Taj attracts millions of tourists from all over the world. To experience the beauty of this architectural marvel, it needs to be viewed at different times of the day and year. The white marble building changes its hue with the variations in the daylight. Made entirely of white marble and decorated with exquisite pietra dura (stone inlay) work, different types of precious and semi-precious stones were used in the intricate inlay work done on the interiors. This magnificent monument is built around a Charbagh or ’four gardens’ plan, split by watercourses— reflects the influence of Persian architectural style. On return enjoy a short ride on Tonga experiencing the old transportation system which still plays a vital role in some of the Indian lanes/roads. After the sightseeing return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, drive straight to Delhi airport to board flight for Cochin. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. Stay overnight in Cochin. 

DAY 9

Visit St. Francis Church, the first church to be built in India by Vasco-de-Gama; the Jewish synagogue, Chinese fishing nets and take a ferry ride. Evening, enjoy a Kathakali Dance performance in the local theatre.

DAY 10

After breakfast, drive to Kumarakom. The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands that have been converted into a number of tourist resorts and is a part of the Kuttanad region. Kumarakom is an unbelievably beautiful paradise. The blue backwaters and a surface of Vembanad Lake reflect the azure sky. The amazing shades of green of the vegetation that include mangroves, coconut palms and paddy fields cover the verdant countryside. Channels and waterways wind their way through this green paradise. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities. Stay overnight at Kumarakom. 

DAY 11

After breakfast day is free to pamper yourself and unwind. Stay overnight in Kumarakom. (NO  TRANSPORT / NO SERVICE) 

DAY 12

After breakfast day is free to pamper yourself and unwind. Stay overnight in Kumarakom. (NO TRANSPORT / NO SERVICE)

DAY 13

After breakfast, proceed to Cochin airport to board flight for onward destination.

Inclusion


Deluxe hotel accommodation with private facilities

Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle

Sightseeing as specified

Meals as specified

Local English speaking Tour Guide

Monument entry fees

Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi

Jeep ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur

Morning & afternoon safari by Jeep (on a shared basis) at Ranthambore National Park

Ferry ride in Cochin

Kathakali dance show in Cochin

Airfare in Economy class for Delhi – Cochin sector

Entrance fee/monument charges (one visit only)

Assistance and transfers

All currently applicable taxes

Exclusion


Any International Airfare

Airport taxes and Visa fee

Early check-in or late checkout

Meals other than specified above

Tips & Gratuities

Travel & Medical Insurance

Camera and video permits

Expenses incurred due to flight/train cancellation or delay

Any expense of a personal nature, like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, mini bar, etc

Any optional excursion or tour

Any other expense not mentioned in the prices include column