Explore the best of Rajasthan and Kerala on this incredible group tour. Great for first-time travellers to India who want to see a broad range of the best the entire country has to offer, the tour features breathtaking landscapes, spectacular cultural sites, impossibly luxurious hotels, one of India’s most interesting game reserves, and two dynamic regions/state.
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Arrive at Delhi International Airport. Please clear immigration & visa formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the arrival lounge through the green channel if you do not have goods to be declared to customs. TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS Executive will page you by your name. Thereafter you will be assisted with a transfer to the hotel, check-in at the hotel and stay two nights in Delhi.
After breakfast and a brief introduction of the tour by Tour Manager start your sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. Visit Rajghat; the simple black marble slab honouring Mahatma Gandhi, Qutub Minar; this victory tower is an excellent example of Afghan Architecture and is 73mts high, Chandni Chowk - Shahjahanabad’s Main Street in 1650, facing the majestic Red Fort. It originally had a central canal running down its full length, and when moonlight reflected off the water it got the name Chandni Chowk or ‘Avenue of Moonlight’. The canals have long since gone and it is now a chaotically bustling area, typical of real India, containing a mix of stalls, shops, food outlets, and temples, drive past India Gate and parliament buildings (where you will stop for Photo).
After breakfast travel to Jaipur also known as the Pink City. On arrival check-in at the hotel. In the evening explore the market and witness local men wearing colourful bright turbans describing their clan and watch women in their beautiful mirror jaded colourful clothes. Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II who ruled from 1699–1744 and initially his capital was Amber, which lies at a distance of 11 km from Jaipur. He felt the need of shifting his capital city with the increase in population and growing scarcity of water. The King consulted several books on architecture and architects before making the layout of Jaipur. Stay for two nights in Jaipur.
After breakfast, enjoy guided city tour and visit Amber Fort, the ancient capital of Rajasthan and the majestic palace complex to witness a unique system of air-conditioning of the 17th century. A beautiful complex of Palaces, halls, pavilions, garden and temples built by Raja Mansingh, Mirza Raja Jaisingh and Sawai Jaisingh over a period of about two centuries, it still stands in the magnificent state. 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, photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace); built-in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh at a time when women of the royal family had to observe strict purdah, it is believed that this palace was built for them to take pleasure in the processions and various activities taking place in the streets below without showing themselves and thus enjoying a sense of freedom, 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 historic pink-painted sandstone architecture earned the city the affectionate nickname of the 'Pink City'. The buildings within the Old City district of Jaipur were first painted pink in 1876 to welcome the then Prince of Wales, and this tradition has remained ever since.
Ranthambore After breakfast transfer to Ranthambore. Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned National Parks in Northern India. Being considered as one of the famous and former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, today the Park terrain is major wildlife tourist attraction spot that has pulled the attention of many wildlife photographers and lovers in this destination. Enjoy a village tour and stay for two nights at the resort.
After breakfast enjoy a morning and an afternoon game viewing by canter around an estimated area of 400sq Km of this amazing reserve. The park is majorly famous for its tigers and is one of the best locations in India to see the majestic predators in its natural habitat (Spotting not always guaranteed). Ranthambore is also counted as the famous heritage site because of the pictorial ruins that dot the wildlife park. Certainly, a visit to Ranthambore National Park is a treat for every wildlife and nature lover.
Today we travel to the City of Taj the most endurable monument of love to the world. En-route visit the deserted city of Mughals - Fatehpur Sikri. The city was abandoned after 15 years due to the shortage of water and is also termed as a ghost town. We arrive late afternoon in Agra and the remaining evening is at leisure. Stay for two nights in Agra.
Early morning, wake up early to witness the mesmerizing sights of sunrise over the Chinese fishing nets. The beautiful expanse of nets with the backdrop of sun rising is a perfect start to enjoy the scenic beauty of India. After breakfast, we will set out to explore this port city with a rich and interesting past. The Chinese, Jews, Arabs, and Europeans sailed into this city to trade and their influence is still found in the buildings and lifestyle of the city. We will walk through the Fort area, exploring Jewish Synagogue – which is one of the oldest synagogues amongst all the commonwealth nations, St Francis church, Dutch Palace or Mattancherry Palace - a 16th-century palace. Just opposite the Mattancherry Palace, visit the spice market, one of the biggest centres of spices in Cochin. Here you can buy some of the authentic spices, smell and see what makes Indian curries so hot and tasty. In the evening we will take you to a Kathakali Performance. Kathakali is a ritualized dance form that is native to Kerala, with elaborate costumes and makeup.
Drive from Cochin to Munnar a hill station at a height of 1525 meters, Munnar offers a breathtaking view of the hills swathed in an impossibly green carpet of tea bushes. Munnar - the right royal resort lazily nestled in the verdant slopes of tea country, is a quaint little town that exudes a rare old world charm and strangely reminds one of the days of the Raj in its elegant splendour. Beyond the rolling hills discover the rich tropical forests abounding in exotic flora and fauna. Afternoon free to relax or explore the surroundings and stay overnight at Munnar.
After breakfast travel to yet another enchanting destination, Thekkady. From tea estates, we now travel to the valley of spices and see the spice plantation gardens. Thekkady, with its bountiful treasures of tropical flora and fauna, is the ultimate reservoir of many an endangered species and a rich tribal culture. Late enjoy boat ride to Periyar Wildlife sanctuary, in the cooler air as the sun sets wildlife comes to the drink at the Lake’s edge. Stay for two nights in Thekkady.
After breakfast travel to Kumarakom, upon arrival embark the houseboat. Enjoy splendid views of the backwaters from the boat. while sailing enjoy palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either side of the canals; one can never forget these panoramic sights. Witness the locals; children swimming and playing in the water, women attending to their daily chores and men fishing from their canoes. All meals with overnight on board.
Enjoy your leisurely breakfast as the day is free for own activities.
Deluxe hotel accommodation with private facility
Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle
Group assistance and all transfers
Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
Sightseeing as specified
THO Tour Manager (minimum 06 people)
Local English speaking Tour Guide
Entry fee/Monument charges
Airfare Delhi – Cochin in economy class
Overnight Backwater Cruise
Jeep ride in Jaipur
01 standard Ayurveda Message
Kathakali Dance show
Wildlife safari in Periyar
Spice plantation visit
All current applicable taxes
Any International or Domestic Airfare
Airport taxes and Visa fee
Early check in or late check out
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.
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