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Delhi - Agra - Ranthambhore - Jaipur - Pushkar - Udaipur - Mumbai - Cochin - Munnar -
Periyar - Alleppey - Kumarakom - Cochin
17 Nights / 18 Days

01 Day: Arrival Delhi:
Welcome to the mesmerizing land of India. As per your scheduled flight, our representative will met, assist and escort you to the booked hotel. All documents will be handed over to you with traveling brief and interaction for any query in terms of tour and services. Rest of the time is for leisure and overnight at the hotel.

02 Day: Delhi:
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour to explore New Delhi: - Drive along side the widest street of capital - the Rajpath to observe the royal view of the Parliament House, the President House and the India Gate, Humayun's Tomb which is considered by historians as one of the most magnificent architectural edifice of the Mughal era, Qutub Minar - built in 1199 rises to a height of 72.5 metre from a base of 14.32 metre and Birla Mandir - a colourful and modern Hindu temple. Later embark on sightseeing of Old Delhi visiting mighty Red Fort - an imposing red sandstone fort built in the 17th century, the Raj Ghat - where the mortal remains of Mahatma Gandhi were cremated, the Jama Masjid - one of the largest mosque and architecturally beautiful monument in India, the imposing Ashoka Pillar - built by the Firoz Shah Tughlak and bustling Chandni Chowk Bazaar. In the evening you can visit to see light and sound show at Red fort. Overnight at the hotel.

03 Day: Delhi - Agra (200 kms: 4 hrs):
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Agra. Enroute visit Sikandra, to see the tomb of Emperor Akbar. This marvelous mausoleum is the centre stage of attraction in Sikandra and so you get an opportunity to explore this marvelously designed structure, and then continue the journey. Later proceed to Agra. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. After relaxation in the evening you may opt to watch the 80 minutes new theatrical show: Mohabbat E Taj at Kalakruti Mandal, where they enact the history behind the Taj Mahal. Rest of the evening is free for rest and relaxation. Overnight at the hotel.

04 Day: Agra:
In the relative quiet of early morning visit to the Taj Mahal when it is the most alluring. Shrouded in mists, the color of the Taj changes from soft yellow to pearly cream to dazzling white. Taj Mahal is a sublime experience of the greatest love story ever told. This monument is a fine example of the fusion of many architectural styles and is one of the wonders of the modern world. Later visit to the Agra Fort, designed and built by Akbar in 1565 A.D., with barricaded wall of red sand stone; it houses the beautiful Pearl Mosque and numerous palaces including the Jahangir Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Am, Macchhi Bhawan, Nagina Masjid, Meena Bazar, Moti Masjid, Sheesh Mahal, Musamman Burj where from Taj Mahal is visible in all its beauty from one side of the fort. So very ironically, Emperor Sahahjahan, prisoner of his son Aurangzeb in his old age was put in a cell from where he could gaze at the Taj Mahal at a distance, from his cell in the fort. Later in the evening you may visit the souvenir markets of Agra. Overnight at the hotel.

Note: Taj Mahal is closed on every Friday.

05 Day: Agra - Ranthambhore (280 kms: 6 hrs):
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Agra. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, this is today a deserted city, which was built during Akbar's regime as a capital. Here you will get opportunity to see incredible Bulund Darwaza - the largest gateway in the world, and the Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti, a well-known Sufi saint of India. also visit other historical sites such as Diwan-I-Am, Diwan-khana-I-khaas or Hall Of Private Audience, Palace of Akbars' Queen Jodha Bai, Birbal's Palace, Panch Mahal and Jami Masjid in Fatehpur Sikri. Later proceed to Ranthambhore. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Ranthambhor, hailed as one of India's finest wildlife locations. It was established as a sanctuary in 1959 and included in the very first phase of Project Tiger in 1972. The park derives its name from the fort of Ranthambhor, which sits on a rocky outcrop in the forest. Earlier, the hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the Park at Ranthambhor was once the scene of royal hunting parties. Today, it is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Rest of the evening is free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

06 Day: Ranthambhore:
Early morning opt for morning safari. Apart from the tiger, the tourists can also observe Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Chinkara, Porcupines and Jackals, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Marsh Crocodile, Sambhar, Chital, Nilgai, Gazzelle, Boars, Mongoose, Indian Hare, Monitor Lizards and a large number of birds. Most of these wild animals can be spotted near the lakes and water holes during the evening. Ranthambhore is home to both resident and migratory bird population. There are about 264 bird species found within the park. Later visit to Ganesh Temple and Ranthambhore fort. Later return to the hotel for rest and relaxation. In the afternoon you can opt for another safari inside the park. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.

07 Day: Ranthambhore - Jaipur (180 kms: 4 hrs):
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Jaipur. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. In the evening visit to Birla Temple, speculator white marble temple, glitters in the in the night, at the time of dinner visit to Chokhi Dhani - an ethnic 5 star resort serving Rajasthani & Continental cuisine with live music, astrology, games, folk dances and music, puppet shows in an ambiance of an ethnic village. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

08 Day: Jaipur:
After an early breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Jaipur, visiting Amber fort, a 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, followed by visiting 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, City Palace Museum Visit to 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. In the evening hop on to the Cycle Rickshaw and explore the colorful and vibrant markets of Jaipur, famous for Textiles, Gems, Carpets, and handicrafts. Overnight at the hotel.

09 Day: Jaipur - Pushkar (130 kms: 3 hrs):
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Pushkar. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Pushkar is internationally known for its colorful cattle fair when thousands of devotees from all faiths assemble to take a dip in the holy lake. A city of Pilgrimage from time immemorial with over 500 temples and ghats Pushkar begets a legacy of timeless architectural heritage. Later take sightseeing tour of the city visiting temple of Lord Brahma is the only temple in the world where Lord Brahma is worshiped. On the banks of the lake you will see devotees taking dip into the holy waters of Pushkar & offering prayers. Also visit the Pushkar Fair site, which is right opposite the Pushkar Lake. Explore the colourful market of Pushkar from where range of souvenirs could be purchased including the Rajasthani costumes, jewellery, embroidered fabrics, decorative pieces and groovy accessories. Overnight at the hotel.

10 Day: Pushkar - Ajmer - Udaipur (280 kms: 6 hrs):
After breakfast take an excursion to Ajmer. The city of Ajmer displays some splendid masterpieces of Indo - Islamic architecture. Located at distance of 14 km from Pushkar, visit the one of the holiest Muslim shrines in the country, the Dargah or tomb of the 13th century Sufi Saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisti. Later check out of the hotel and drive to Udaipur. En route visiting the Jain temples at Ranakpur Temples of 12 Century - The cluster of temples, made of intricately sculpted white marble, built out of marbles with 108 carved pillars each carved differently from others, Come across as a marvellous feat of architecture. One can have lunch at Maharani Bagh Hotel in Ranakpur and visit to local families on the way. Later proceed to Udaipur. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. In the evening enjoy the exciting boat cruising on the shimmering blue waters of Lake Pichola offers a breathtaking view of the Lake Palace which appears like a giant white lotus, emerging out of the Lake. Overnight at the hotel.

11 Day: Udaipur:
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of the city, Udaipur has a number of beautiful tourist attractions including fairy-tale palaces, lakes, gardens, museums, and temples. Not to be missed attractions include the amazing Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir - the two exquisite palaces on the Lake-, Saheliyon- ki- Bari Garden that was specially constructed for the ladies of the Mewar royal household, Sajjan Garh or the Monsoon Palace, Jagdish Temple, Pratap Memorial, Gulab Baugh, also visit Lok Kala Mandal collection of folk art items like folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings as well as puppet shows and folk dancing conducted in an adjacent open air theatre. Visit Shilpgram to see the village arts & crafts. Eklingji & Nagda Temples - built in white marble with a double storied porch on the bank of Lake Bageela. Overnight at the hotel.

12 Day: Udaipur - Mumbai (By Air):
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to the airport to board the flight for Mumbai. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Later take a city tour covering Parliament House, CST, Flora Fountain. Halt at Gateway of India an architectural marvel that scores over other buildings in Mumbai. From there opt for a pleasant half an hour motor-boat ride to the vicinities of the famous Elephanta caves. A flight of 100 steps takes you to the top of the hill where it is set. This island is home to a series of seven magnificent rock cut caves which show various incidents in the life of lord Siva and other dramatic moments from Hindu mythology. These are chiselled with immense artistic finesse. Later in the afternoon cruise back to Gateway of India. After lunch (on your own), visit to Dhobi Ghat, a unique feature of Mumbai, the dhobi is a traditional laundryman, who will collect your dirty linen, wash it, and return it neatly pressed to your doorstep. Almost two hundred dhobis and their families work together in what has always been a hereditary occupation. In the evening pass by Marine Drive fondly dubbed as the Queen's Necklace, because of the dramatic curve of its streetlights at night. You may halt at Chowpatty Beach one of Mumbai's most popular promenades and a favourite sunset-watching spot. Overnight at the hotel.

Note: Elephanta Caves is closed on every Monday.

13 Day: Mumbai - Cochin (By Air):
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to the airport to board the flight for Cochin. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Later take a sightseeing tour of Cochin (Kochi): The Gateway of South India. This lovely seaside city is flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. Cochin (Kochi) has been ruled by the Dutch, British and the Portuguese. Hence you will find here a unique mix and match of traditional as well Western architecture and lifestyle. Sightseeing tour includes visit to Fort Cochin & St. Frances Church to see the town of Vasco da Gama. We also see the Jewish Synagogue & the Mattancherry "Dutch" Palace. Also famous in Cochin (Kochi) are the Chinese fishing nets, which dominate part of the seafront and attract tourists in large numbers. These nets suspended in the mid air all along the coast and are set up on bamboo or teak poles giving an appearance of huge hammock. If you wish you may opt from a variety boat trips offered like Backwater Canal Tour, the sunset cruise, and so on. In the evening enjoy Kathakali Dance Presentation, a traditional dance form of Kerala with Lavish Costumes, Exotic makeup, Masks etc. This is considered to be the King of theater performances. Overnight at the hotel.

14 Day: Cochin (Kochi) - Munnar (130 kms: 3 hrs):
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Munnar. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. This luxuriant gift of nature to the Western Ghats, is derived from the three mountain streams; Madurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala which join together in Munnar. Enjoy the tea estates, hills, lakes and forests of Munnar. Visit to the Eravikulam National Park (15 km from Munnar,) This sanctuary was set up for the preservation of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. The park also shelters Atlas Moth, Elephants, Sambhar's, Gaurs, Lion-tailed Macaque, Nilgiri, Langur, Tigers and Leopards. The park is breathtakingly beautiful and is easily comparable to the best mountain ranges found anywhere in the world. After visit return to the hotel for overnight stay.

15 Day: Munnar:
After breakfast you can opt to visit to Mattupetty (cattle village), the Swiss Livestock Project is a highly specialized dairy farm where over a hundred breeds of highly yielding cattle are reared. Visitors are allowed into three of the eleven cattle sheds at the farm, followed by visit to Pothamedu is one of the major plantation hubs of Munnar. The panoramic view of greenish tea, coffee and cardamom plantation and the cloud kissing mountain is exciting one. The rolling hills, the lush mountain and the breathtaking scenery here is ideal for trekking and Long Mountain walks. Later visit at Devikulam (7 km from Munnar) is famous for its breath-taking locales, scenic spots and for its unique flora and fauna. Right in the heart of this landscape is Sita Devi Lake. The lake, with its picturesque surroundings, mineral water, and trout-fishing and adventure sports facilities, is a favorite tourist destination. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

16 Day: Munnar - Periyar (110 kms: 3 hrs):
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Periyar. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Later visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary one of India's biggest wildlife sanctuaries, which is an example of nature's bounty, with great scenic charm, rich bio diversity and providing veritable visitor satisfaction. Sprawled over an area of 777 sq .kms, the animals found here include Elephant, Aur, Wild Pigs, Sambar, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Dole or Indian Wild Dog and birds like Ibis and Grey Heron. A boat ride through the waters of the man made Periyar Lake around which the wild - life sanctuary is situated, offers a soul - stirring pleasant experience. Periyar is the only sanctuary in India where you can enjoy wildlife viewing at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the Lake. At Periyar you can see, herds of elephants bathing and playing on the Periyar Lake. Later in the evening take a spice plantation tour to see crops of cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc. on your way back to the hotel, you could stop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices. Overnight at the hotel.

17 Day: Periyar - Alleppey (114 kms: 2 ½ hrs) Backwaters tours through sailing boat to Kumarakom:
After breakfast checkout and drive for Alleppey, on arrival embark at the houseboat. The day for the journey of backwaters in the boat, through the tropical countryside enchanting backwaters of Alleppey by regattas (snake boats) for which Kerala is very famous, 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 are panoramic sights one can never forget. The Chinese fishing nets, the reminiscent of our past trade links, are also found on the way. Flocks of duck swimming around the banks and tiny birds flying across the sky remains as enduring pictures reflecting the charm of this tourist land, you also enjoy fishing from the houseboats, evening enjoy sunset from the sun-deck of the houseboats, moving towards Kumarakom. The Houseboats have generated electricity; sitting cum dinning area, separate bedroom with attached English toilets, sun deck and fully loaded kitchen with a Chef, and Srank (Driver). Overnight at the houseboat

18 Day: Kumarakom - Cochin (Kochi) (90 kms: 2 hrs) - Onwards Journey (By Air):
After breakfast disembark from the houseboat. The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. Later visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, an ornithologist's paradise is a favourite haunt of migratory birds like the Siberian stork, Egret, Darters, Bitterns, Brahminy kites, Marsh Harries, Teals and several varieties of Herons roost are found. For an inquisitive bird watcher, it is always advisable to carry their binoculars at all times. A cruise along the Vembanad Lake is the best way to experience the sanctuary. After visit drive to Cochin (Kochi) airport to board your homebound flight with happy memories of your holiday to India.
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