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Rajasthan & Kerala Backwater Tour
Delhi – Mathura –  Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur – Pushkar – Ajmer
Chittourgarh – Udaipur – Mumbai – Cochin – Alleppey – Kumarakom –
Kovalam – Kanya Kumari – Trivandrum
16 Nights / 17 Days


01 Day: Arrival Delhi:
Welcome at the Delhi airport, our representative assist and escort you by a private car and transfer to the pre-booked hotel. After your check in, you will be given all the required documents related to your tour plan; he will explain all your queries and feedback about the entire tour plan. If you are arriving by morning flight, after relaxation you can take a short tour of the city; otherwise take the rest and overnight at the hotel in Delhi.  

02 Day: Delhi:
After breakfast, take sightseeing tour to explore the historic city, firstly visiting Old Delhi: (Shahajahanabad) the majestic Red Fort, a marvel in red sandstone, Jama Masjid, the largest and most splendid mosque in India, both built by emperor Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame, Rajghat, memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, where he was cremated. Later cycle rickshaw ride past through the bustling and colorful bazaar of Chandani Chowk. The sightseeing continue to explore the best tourist attractions of New Delhi include President House (Rashtrapati Bhawan), the regal residence of British rulers, a palace built for British Viceroys. India gate, this monument was built to honour and tribute to the Indian soldiers, sacrificed themselves during the Afghan war, then visiting Birla Mandir (Laxmi Narayan Temple) built by wealthiest Birla family. Humayun’s Tomb, lotus shaped Bhai’s Temple, Qutub Minar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty; in the evening witness the light and sound show at Red fort. The show projects splendid history of 5000 years old city, a truly memorable experience. Return to the hotel for overnight at the hotel.

03 Day: Delhi – Mathura – Agra (210 kms: 4 hrs):
Today morning check out the hotel and drive to Agra, the city of world famous Taj Mahal. Enroute you may opt to stop over at Mathura- Vrindavan, the birth palace of Lord Krishna, to visit some of notable temples Bankey Bihari and Iskcon. Later continue to drive to Agra, on the way visit at ‘Sikandra, a marvelous mausoleum of Mughal Emperor Akbar, spectacularly designed structure of Hindu and Muslim architecture, afterwards proceed to Agra. On arrival, transfer to the hotel, after relaxation, start the tour of visiting the Tomb of Itamad-ud-Daula, 35 kms from Agra, built by Empress Noorjehan daughter of Shahjahan, this monument a tribute to her great father. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.

04 Day: Agra:
Early morning visit world’s most popular and beautiful monument: Taj Mahal with its’ fabulous view at the time of sunrise. Taj Mahal, beautiful architectural monument among the 7 wonders of the world; this historical masterpiece is illustration of the fusion of diverse architectural styles. Taj Mahal is crown of all the loveliest buildings in the world, a symbol of eternal love. The tour continues to visit Agra Fort, was built in 1576 AD., by great Mughal Emperor Akbar, structured and designed with red stoned barricaded; in the fort you will find most splendid Pearl Mosque and various other classic example of art: Jahangir Mahal, Moti Masjid, Macchhi Bhawan, Nagina Masjid, Diwan-i-Khas, Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-e-Am, Meena Bazaar and Musamman Bhurj where from Emperor Shahjahan, prisoner of his son rebellious Aurangzeb, he put his father in the cell of Agra fort, where from he could see his love reflecting through the Taj Mahal, where his loveliest wife was cremated. In the evening one should visit Oswal Emporium to watch the replica of Taj Mahal it took 10 years for the artists to built this artistic epitome, also enjoy light and sound show “Mohabbat-the-Taj: the saga of love”, the only show of its kind in India! Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Note: Taj Mahal is closed on every Friday.

05 Day: Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur (240 kms: 5 – 6 hrs):
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive pink city Jaipur. Enroute stop over at Fatehpur Sikri, the old deserted town of the Mughal kingdom, built in red sandstone in honour of Saint Salim Chisti who blessed birth of 3 sons to Emperor Akbar, is an example of robust stability combined with originality. Each important structure here represents a type by itself. Notable among them is the Diwane e Khas; Punch Mahal, the Tomb of Salim Chisti, and the Buland Darwaza, one of the largest and tallest gateways in the world. In the evening you can explore the bustling market of Jaipur by cycle rickshaw ride, which is paradise for shopping lovers, Jaipur is worldly famous for hand woven carpet, precious stones, handicraft, marble, textile, blue pottery, handmade papers, later return to the hotel for overnight stay.

06 Day: Jaipur:
Today after breakfast explore the Pink City with an excursion to splendid Amber Fort, situated just outside the city, built in 15th Centaury by Rajput King Man Singh, later visit another mighty and majestic Nagargarh fort, which is nearby to Amber fort. Later drive back to the main city to visit imperial ‘City Palace’, a miraculous places to witness the real Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Present residence of the royal family of Jaipur. Distinguishing Jantar Mantar innovated and constructed by Jaipur King Swai Jai Singh, he built 5 observatories, and Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is one of them. Visiting splendid Hawa Mahal, also known ‘Palace of Winds’ built with a concept for the woman of royal families to speculate the royal ceremonies and festivals being hidden from the public eyes. City palace houses both the monuments. The afternoon is for relaxation. In the evening visit at modern artistic temple, Birla Temple, speculator in white shimmering marble, glitters in the night hours. Afterwards enjoy your evening at the most authentic and ethnic village resort: called Chokhi Dhani, designed on the theme of an ethnic village of Rajasthan with lots of traditional environment and entertainment like folk dances, puppet shows, astrology, music, astrology, camel ride, Here you can enjoy the traditional Rajasthani food. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.

07 Day: Jaipur – Pushkar (135 kms: 3 hrs):
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Pushkar, on arrival transfer to the hotel. Pushkar is well-known for the world’s largest cattle fair every year in the month of November, with glorious celebration. A conurbation of Pilgrimage from the time of immemorial with over 500 temples and ghats, Pushkar begets an inheritance of enduring architectural heritage. Pushkar emit an ambience of spirituality and peace that casts an allure to visit this place again and again. Take a sightseeing tour of the city visiting temple of Lord Brahma surrounded by Pushkar Lake. Witness the devotees taking dip into the holy waters and offering prayers on the banks of the lake. Also visit the Pushkar Fair site, which is right opposite the Pushkar Lake. You may optionally visit the Dargah of Khwaja Sahib at Ajmer ( 11 kms ) It is India’s most significant shrine for Muslims and thousands of devotees of all religions visit the holy place through the year. Legend has it that the Mughal emperor, Akbar visited the saint in the 16th century in pursuit of a boon for a child, the saint obliged the Emperor. Evening is free for relaxation or take a walk through to see beautiful Pushkar Lake and colorful market of Pushkar. Overnight at the hotel.

08 Day: Pushkar – Chittourgarh – Udaipur (275 kms: 6 hrs):
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Udaipur, Enroute visit Chittourgarh city, to visit mightiest and largest historical fort of India: Chittourgarh, this crowning historical Fort stands a jaded reminder of the characteristic and bravery of Rajpoot Clan in Rajasthan, sprawled over 700 acres, area, the fort houses historical monuments: Tower of Victory, Rani Padmini Palace, Man Mahal, Mira Temple and several ruins of temples of Shiva. Chittourgarh echoes with the tales of romance and velour unique to the Rajput tradition. A ruined citadel, where the royal past lives in its imposing forts, graceful palaces and spectacular 'chhatris' in the fort vicinity visit Kirti Stambha, Rana-Kumbha Palace, Padmini Palace, Meera Temple and Kumbha Shyam Temple and Kalika Mata Temple, State Archaeological Museum. Afterwards continue to drive to Udaipur. On arrival, check into the hotel. In the evening you may walk through the old narrow street of the city to watch local houses and people. Or you may opt to visit at Lake Pichola for boat ride or a dinner at one of the luxurious hotel ‘Taj Lake Palace’ (of your own). Afterwards return to the hotel for overnight stay.

09 Day: Udaipur:
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Udaipur visiting wondrous City Palace complex, significant landmark of the town, the palace is a splendid white marble architectural historical place of Rajpoot Rulers, in the palace vicinity you will see notable places like Durbar Hall, Palace Museum, Crystal Gallery and Jagdish temple, followed by Sahelion Ki Bari, a beautiful recreation garden for queens and princes of the rulers. Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal, an ethic places to see the traditions and culture of Rajasthan, ethnic ornaments, exhibiting folk traditional outfits, puppets, masks, dolls, classical paintings, fold musical instruments. In the evening visit to Lake Bageela 22 kms for sightseeing tour of ancient Eklingji and Nagda Temples, after finishing the sightseeing tour of the day, return to the hotel for overnight stay.

10 Day: Udaipur – Mumbai (By Air):
After breakfast, your day is free for relaxation and individual activities. Later check out from the hotel and drive to the airport to board the scheduled flight for Mumbai. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Evening is free to explore the local markets or visit the ISKON temple and Juhu beach. Later return back to the hotel for overnight stay.

11 Day: Mumbai:
Today morning after breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Mumbai with a drive to Gateway of India and from here cruise by motorboats to Elephanta Caves. A flight of 100 steps takes you to the top of the hill where it is set. The caves houses large pillars that seem to hold the ceiling, which is made, have crossbeams. The picturesque presentations of the 9 marvelous sculptured panels, set on the walls are awe-inspiring. The most famous of the panels is the Trimurthi, or triple-headed Shiva, where the God is depicted as the destroyer, the preserver and the creator. Later in the afternoon cruise back to Gateway of India, one can have lunch at the hotel or other several good Restaurants like Leopold & Mondegar serving continental cuisines. The sightseeing tour continue visiting Prince of Wales Museum:  is a heritage museum comprises of a number of ancient artifacts,  Dhobhi Ghat: to see the city's famous open-air laundry in action, Parliament House:  The Maharashtra State Assembly, Marine Drive:  is one of the most beautifully laid boulevards in the city, Mani Bhawan: Known also Gandhi Museum, here Gandhi laid the foundation for many independence movements; the three storied building has now converted into a museum in honour of Father of Nation. If time permits  visit the 5.6 kilometer Bandra Worli Sealink, which crosses the Arabian Sea, linking the Mumbai suburbs with south Mumbai, is viewed as an engineering marvel. A 10 minutes’ drive over path can make you refresh at any time of day. Night, lots of sparkles of Mumbai twinkling. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Note: Elephanta Caves and Prince of Wales museum are closed on every Monday.

12 Day: Mumbai – Cochin (By Air):
Today morning after a healthy breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to the Mumbai domestic airport to board the scheduled morning flight for Cochin. Assistance on arrival at the Cochin airport and transfer to the hotel. After refreshment, take a sightseeing tour of Cochin: Oasis state of Kerala & on to the Malabar Coasts & Kochi (formerly Cochin), one of the India's most colourful cities. These inter, connected series of Islands & shoreline presents a vivacious blend of Cultures & Religions; 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. This evening a memorable experience in any journey in Kerala is a Boat Trip along the Palm Fringed Lakes & Backwaters of the Area; we enjoy this extraordinary excursion today. As we sail along the shady canals we see cantilevered Chinese fishing nets. From our launch, we enjoy use of narrow produced - Laden dugouts & the everyday life of families living on narrow spits of land between the waters. In the evening enjoy the Kathakali, one of India's most famous Classical dances. Lavish Costumes & Exotic makeup & Masks intensify the beauty of the dancers, intricate moments. Overnight at the hotel.

13 Day: Cochin – Alleppey (70 kms: 2 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.

14 Day: Kumarakom:
After breakfast disembark from the houseboat and drive to Kumarakom. On arrival, transfer to the resort. Here in this backwater town, you can laze in a canoe amidst sylvan surroundings where the only presence is yours and the egrets. Later visit at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, to see bird viewing where numerous species of birds, including 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. Return to hotel, make sure you do not miss out on Karimeen and fresh toddy the favorite fresh water food and the local wine. Overnight stay at hotel.

15 Day: Kumarakom – Kovalam (180 kms: 4 - 5 hrs):
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Kovalam, a world famous beach destination. On arrival, transfer to the beach resort. You can indulge in Yoga rejuvenation, the beach resorts offers oil baths and Ayurvedic massages, and here you can enjoy skiing, surfing and also kayaking. Enjoy the sunbathing under the tropical sun. Enjoy watching the patches of coral reefs lining on the coast of the Kovalam beach, the world of fantasy with coconut groves and the palm trees surrounding you in the beautiful landscape. Overnight at the beach resort of Kovalam.

16 Day: Kovalam – TrivandrumKanya Kumari (Excursion 85 kms: 2 - 3 hrs one way) – Kovalam:
Today morning take an excursion to Cape Camorin also known as Kanyakumari, this place is at the tail tip end of India, one can see the 3 seas meet over here (Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean & Bay of Bengal). Enroute visit Trivandrum city (16 kms) the capital of the Kerala, a beautiful city built on seven hills. You can visit the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Swami Temple (from outside), dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is a landmark in the city and explore city market. Also visit Horse Palace, Sree Chitra Art Gallery, Padmatheertha Kulam (Temple Pond). Proceed to Kanyakumari; take a sightseeing tour of the city, visiting Kumari Amman Devi Temple, Gandhi Mandapam, Swami Vivekananda Memorial and Thiruvalluvar Statue. Watching the sun rise and sun set from here is the big attraction, especially on the full moon day in April, when it's possible to see both the setting sun and rising moon on the same horizon. Return to Kovalam for overnight stay.

17 Day: Kovalam – Trivandrum – Hometown (By Air):
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Trivandrum. On arrival, transfer to the International airport to board the scheduled flight for hometown. Tour concludes here with happy memories.

Tour Packages in USD Per Person

Package
01 Pax
02 Pax
04 Pax
Extra Pax
Premium
4885
2790
2100
880
Superior
3990
2180
1580
750
Standard
3150
1850
1190
600

Accommodation:

Sector
Premium ( 5 Star) 
Superior ( 4 Star)
Standard ( 3 Star)
Delhi
Claridges
The Park/ The Royal Plaza
Grand Sartaj Hotel
Agra
Taj Gateway/ Jaypee Palace
Four Points by Sheraton
Utkarsh Vilas
Jaipur
ITC Rajputana
Alsisar Haveli
Mandawa Haveli
Pushkar
Ananta Spa & Resort
Pushkar Fort
Pushkar Palace
Udaipur
The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace
Shikarbadi
Ram Pratap Palace
Mumbai
Marine Plaza
Sun & Sand/ Fariyas
Transit/ Suba Palace
Cochin
Trident
Dream Cochin
Abad Plaza
Alleppey
A/C Luxury Houseboat
A/C Deluxe Houseboat
Deluxe Houseboat
Kumarakom
Manor Backwaters
East End Lake Song
Zuri Resort
Kovalam
Taj Kovalam
Uday Samudra
Kovalam Beach Retreat

The above Tour Package is valid from 1st April 2016 to 30th September 2016.

Services Included:

  1. Hotel accommodation with breakfast and all luxury taxes.
  2. Extra Supplement staying in the double room with extra bed with breakfast and other services.
  3. A/C Car with English speaking driver throughout the tour for all transfers, sightseeing, intercity travel etc as per the above tour programme.
  4. The transportation services in inclusive of all toll taxes, fuel cost, vehicle insurance, driver allowance (Stay and food), parking charges.
  5. English Speaking Guide during city tours, historical places, ancient temples, monuments (Guides are not required/ available at places like religious temples, beaches, mosques, hill stations).
  6. 01 Cycle Rickshaw Ride for each pax in Jaipur
  7. Elephant ride ascending the amber fort for each pax in Jaipur.
  8. 01 Light & Sound Show for each pax at Red Fort, Delhi
  9. 01 Dinner for each pax at Chokhi ki Dhani (An Ethnic 5 Star Village Resort in Jaipur)
  10. 01 Kathakali Dance Show in Cochin
  11. Alleppey Houseboat accommodation inclusive of all meals.

Not Included:

  1. Any domestic Train/ Air fare
  2. 3.09% Government service tax on the total tour cost.
  3. Expenditure pertaining to personal nature: like mineral water,  portage, laundry, tips, phone calls etc.,
  4. Monuments charges/Entrance fees/Safari/Any event/ New Year Gala or any Festival Gala Dinner at actual directly payable by the guest.
  5. Camera fees, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages and starters
  6. Vehicle use for those places /excursions not included in the tour plan.
  7. Medical and travel insurance.
  8. Anything not specifically mentioned in the “included” section

Note:

  1. In case of non-availability of the above hotels similar category of hotels will be provided.
  2. Child over 6 years with extra bed in parents room with breakfast (directly payable to the hotel on actual basis)
  3. Any additional visit to any sightseeing places, food, entry fees or any other services will be on extra cost.
  4. 5 Star Deluxe luxury hotels package can be worked out according to the date of travel and destinations. 
  5. Tour cost subject to change on ground of unexpected hike due to government taxes, fuel cost and other unseen reasons with prior information to the guest before commencement of the tour.