Best of Rajasthan & Kerala

Tour Type:
Small Group Journeys
Start:
Delhi
Duration:
18 Days
End:
Kovalam
Departs:
Guaranteed Departure Min Pax : 02

Starting From

NZ$ 5174
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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.

Starts Ends Twin Price (NZ$) Solo Price (NZ$) Status
2021
30-Jan 16-Feb 5466 7899 Available
27-Feb 16-Mar 5466 7899 Available
27-Mar 13-Apr 5466 7899 Available
01-May 18-May 5466 7899 Available
16-Oct 02-Nov 5466 7899 Available
13-Nov 30-Nov 5466 7899 Available
18-Dec 04-Jan 5566 7999 Available
2022
15-Jan 01-Feb 5466 7899 Available
12-Feb 01-Mar 5466 7899 Available
12-Mar 29-Mar 5466 7899 Available
02-Apr 19-Apr 5466 7899 Available
30-Apr 17-May 5466 7899 Available
01-Oct 18-Oct 5466 7899 Available
22-Oct 08-Nov 5466 7899 Available
19-Nov 06-Dec 5466 7899 Available
17-Dec 03-Jan 5566 7999 Available

Itinerary

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DAY 1

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.

DAY 2

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).

DAY 3

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.

DAY 4

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.

DAY 5

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.

DAY 6

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.

DAY 7

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.

DAY 8

Pay a visit to the Taj Mahal built by Emperor Shahjahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Later after breakfast, we visit the famous Agra Fort followed by a visit to the Tomb of Itimad-Ud-Daulah also termed as the mini Taj Mahal.

DAY 9

Today after breakfast we travel back to Delhi and board a flight to Cochin. On arrival meet and assist at the Cochin Airport arrival lounge and transfer to the hotel. Evening free to explore the capital city of Kerala also known as ‘God’s own Country’ and stay overnight in Cochin.

DAY 10

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.

DAY 11

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.

DAY 12

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.

DAY 13

Morning visit the Spice plantation famous for cardamom, coffee, and tea plantations and you will learn a bit about the many uses of the spices, both medical and culinary. Rest of the evening is at leisure to explore the local market famous for its spice and local produce.

DAY 14

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.

DAY 15

Wake up with the chirruping noise of birds and disembark after having your breakfast. Travel to Kovalam to enjoy your basic Ayurveda message and relax at the beach. Stay three nights in Kovalam.

DAY 16

Enjoy your leisurely breakfast as the day is free for own activities.

DAY 17

Enjoy your leisurely breakfast as the day is free for own activities.

DAY 18

After breakfast tour finishes with transfer to the Trivandrum International airport.

Inclusion


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

Exclusion


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.