Duration : 12 Days / 11 Nights
Attractions : Chandni Chowk - Humayun's Tomb - Qutub Minar - Taj Mahal - Agra Fort - Kovalam Beach - Varkala Beach - Backwater of Alleppey - Dutch Palace - Bangaram Island
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: Delhi - TrivandrumIn the morning move to domestic airport to catch flight for Trivandrum. Arrive at Trivandrum from your home country. You will be welcomed with a Garland, assistance will be provided and then you will be taken to pre-booked hotel in Kovalam. Rest of the day is free to relax on beautiful beach and stay overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Kovalam Kovalam is a beach paradise with infinite blue of the Arabian Sea and miles of fine golden sand washed by a surf which kisses the foot of palms trees. Kovalam is a sheltered natural bay, where you can sunbath on the silver palm groves. The day is free to spend at leisure on the beach. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Kovalam To Varkala In the morning after breakfast drive to Varkala (about 60kms/02hrs) and check into the hotel. In the afternoon visit the beach, having high reddish cliffs. It is an excellent place to unwind, since the sea here is very alluring. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Varkala To Alleppey After having breakfast in the morning drive to Alleppey (about 170kms/04hrs), board on a houseboat from the finishing point. Jetty cruise from Alleppey, intricate maze and backwaters, canals and bridges make Alleppy, the Venice of East. Stay overnight at a houseboat.
Day 08: Alleppey To Cochin In the morning after breakfast set down from the houseboat and drive to Cochin (about 65kms/02hrs)where you will check into the hotel. In the afternoon we will visit the Mattancherry Palace also called the Dutch Palace, The Clock Tower, The Synagogue built in the 18th century and the St.Francis Church, where Vasco da Gama was buried in 1524. In the evening move to Fort Kochi Beach and spend some hours in exploring the huge Chinese Fishing Nets and also enjoy watching sunset. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Bangaram Among all the 36 islands, Bangaram is the most beautiful. It has everything, a tropical island should have. The soft, white sand and the exotic natural beauty that is unmatched makes it one of the most exclusive tropical islands in the world.
Day 10: Bangaram The day is free for leisure. Night stay at hotel.
Day 11: Bangaram To Cochin In the morning after breakfast move to Agatti by boat and board flight to Cochin from Agatti airport. When arrived, move to hotel. Relax for the day and stay overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Cochin In the morning after breakfast drive to Cochin international airport to board flight to your home country.
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