Duration : 10 Days / 09 Nights
Attractions : Raj Ghat - Jama Masjid - Parliament House - President's Residence - Taj Mahal - Agra Fort - St Francis Church - Parishath Thamburan Museum - Kathakali Dance - Backwater of Alleppey - Padmanabhaswamy Temple - Ayurvedic Therapy/Yoga/Meditation
Day 01: Delhi: After arriving in Delhi, you will be received upon arrival and drive straight to hotel. Night stay at Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi: Delhi - Breakfast at hotel.
Proceed for day tour of Old & New Delhi.
OLD DELHI - We will go for sightseeing tour of Old Delhi that includes visiting the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort - once the most opulent fort and palace of the Moghul Empire.
A cycle rickshaw ride from Jama Masjid to Chandni Chowk.
NEW DELHI - An elaborate sightseeing tour of New Delhi that includes a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath. Other attractions that are part of the tour are the imposing India Gate, the grand Parliament House, the President's Residence and the tour ends with a drive through the diplomatic enclave.
Evening will be at leisure. Overnight Delhi.
Day 03: Delhi - Agra - Delhi
Delhi - Agra - By road covering 201 km in 4hr.
Proceed by roadways for Agra after breakfast. ENROUTE VISIT SIKANDRA.
Reach Agra and check into hotel.
Agra was established by Badal Singh in 1475. Agra also known as the city of Taj, finds mention in the Mahabharat as Agraban. This city was considered as the sister city of Mathura in those days, which was more prominent than Agraban. Agra situated near river Yamuna was chosen as the capital city by the Lodhi Kings. Sikander Lodhi made Agra his capital but Babar defeated the Lodhis to capture not only Agra but also laid the foundation of the Mughal empire. As Baber arrived here, the golden era of Agra started and it attained zenith during the reign of Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. It was during Akbar's period that Agra became the center of art, culture and commerce and learning. This trend achieved its peak when Shah Jahan became the ruler.
From mid 16th century to earlier 17th century, Agra witnessed a frantic building activity and it was during this time when the symbol of love Taj Mahal was built. Mughals build high quality and contemporary style buildings during this era. The same is still reflected in whatever monuments remain in Agra. The narrow lanes of Agra filled with aroma of Mughlai cuisine, the craftsman who are busy in crating master pieces with their skill all remind of the Mughal royalty which this city had once experienced. Today the remains left in Agra have become a major tourist attractions, attracting innumerable tourists to this major tourist destination of India.
Move further for sightseeing.
Visit the TAJ MAHAL - its construction started by 1631 AD and ended by 1651 AD. It was built by Shah Jahan and is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Taj Mahal is popularly known as the symbol of Love and was built in the memory of Mumtaz Mahal (Shah Jahan' s second Wife).
AGRA FORT - Agra fort was built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction.
In the evening drive back to Delhi. Night stay at Delhi.
Day 04: Cochin In the morning move to catch flight for Cochin. Arrive by flight to Cochin and move to Hotel Casino. In the afternoon we will go for city sightseeing - Dutch Palace, Synagogue Old Fort Cochin, St Francis Church, Chinese Fishing Nets.
Day 05: Sightseeing of Ernakulam In the morning sightseeing of Ernakulam which includes the visit to Parishath Thamburan Museum and the Museum of Kerala History of Edapally. In the late evening attend a performance of Kathakali Dance.
Day 06: Alleppey Drive to Alleppey and board the houseboat. It will take you on a backwater cruise and back to hotel for the night.
Day 07: Trivandrum - Kovalam Step down from the house boat and continue your drive to Trivandrum. In afternoon we will go for city tour - Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Shri Chitra Art Gallery and Fort Area. Now continue your drive to Kovalam and stay overnight at Ayurvedic Beach Resort.
Day 08 - 09: Kovalam Beach - Kanyakumari: The Day free for relaxation and optional Ayurvedic Therapy/Yoga/Meditation. During your stay in Kovalam Beach you may take time off to visit the Kalari Martial Arts Gymnasium in Trivandrum or take a full day excursion to Kanyakumari.
Day 10: Departure Now leave for your final departure.
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