GOLDEN TRIANGLE-KERALA-GOA TOUR
TOUR-16 Golden Triangle-Kerala-Goa-
DURATION: 20 NIGHTS / 21 DAYS
Places covered: Delhi – Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur – Udaipur – Cochin – Houseboat – Kumarakom – Goa
Day 01 Arrive Delhi by International Flight
Meeting & assistance upon arrival, followed by transferring to hotel for check-in. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02 Delhi
Enjoy the breakfast at the hotel to welcome the fresh day in Delhi. Around 10:30am, meet with the tour guide, prior to the sightseeing in Old and New Delhi. Proceed to the Red Fort named for its red-sandstone walls (closed on every Monday) and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This fort complex was constructed by the MughalEmperor Shah Jehan as to be the residence In front of the Red Fort, there is the imperial avenue known as Chandni Chowk.
When pass through alleyways, it seems getting narrower and we end up at the Jama Masjid which is the largest Muslim mosque in India. You can also enjoy the Rickshaw ride crossing the streets in Old Delhi. Finishing the visit in Old Delhi, let’s head to New Delhi. Continue our visit to QutabMinar, National Museum with curator and India Gate, a 42 meters archway built for memorial of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War. Watch the famous War Memorial Arch and see the contrast between old and New Delhi. Carry on our tour, drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan. It was initially constructed as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy in the early 20th century. Nowadays, it becomes the current residence of the President of India and Parliament House. This unique circular architecture was built with huge colonnades which house the Upper and Lower House of Parliament. Finally, proceed to the Government secretariat buildings at Connaught Place where the heart of New Delhi as well as the busy shopping centre are. Enjoy the overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 03 Delhi – Agra
Morning breakfast at Hotel and then travel to Agra by drive (approximately 205 Kms / 4.5hrs).On arrival, transfer to hotel for check- in. Later start the sightseeing tour of Agra, visiting Agra Fort and Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah.
Agra Fort, on the banks of the river Yamuna, is the imposing structure replete with priceless examples of craftsmanship in the Mughal period and including the beautiful pearl Mosque which was designed and built by Emperor Akbar in 1565 AD. Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulahwas built between 1622 AD by Empress NurJehan in memory of her father, Ghias-id-Din Beg.It is considered as a precursor of the Taj Mahal.
Day 04 Agra – FatehpurSikri – Jaipur
Early morning visit Taj Mahal at sunrise. Agra, the home of the immortal Taj Mahal, the inimitable poem in white marble is the first expression of love of an Emperor Shahjahanto his queen Mumtaz Mahal. This great monument was completed in 1653 AD. (Taj Mahal remains closed on every Friday.) Return to hotel for breakfast.
After the relaxing breakfast at hotel, proceed to Jaipur (approx. 232 Kms / 6 hrs) enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri.
FatehpurSikri is beautiful city with an interesting birth story behind. There, in a grotto in Sikri, lived a Muslim Saint, Sheikh Salim Chishti by name. Akbar hearing of his renown, asked of the blessings of a son, and when a son was born, not only was the child named Salim, the site for a mighty and ambitious project - a city - was chosen near the residence of the saint erected in 1569.
The shortages of water lead to the desertion of this city. Visit the mosque of Salim Chishti, Panch Mahal and other Palaces. Upon arrival in Jaipur, transfer to Hotel for check-in.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 05 Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort set in a picturesque location. Amber is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Built in the 16th century by Raja Mansingh in red sandstone and white marble, the palace complex has some very interesting apartments. Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas, Ganesh Pol and Temple of Kali are some of the prominent areas of interest. Elephants are provided to ascend the fort to visit the complex (between 0730 am – 1130 am, subject to availability).
Afternoon 1400 hrs, proceed to visit Jaipur City.This city was built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer 260 years ago. Visit the Maharaja’s City Palace, the home of the erstwhile royal family & the Observatory. Drive past Hawa Mahal or the Palace of winds built in 1799 by Maharaja SawaiPratap Singh & the old part of Jaipur. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 06 Jaipur – Jodhpur
Breakfast at hotel. Later drive to Jodhpur i.e. 330 Kms / 07 hrs drive. Enroute visit Pushkar visit Brahma Temple. This is the only temple in the world where Lord Brahma (The Creator of World) is worshiped. Also visit Pushkar Lake the main attraction of Pushkar. Later continue drive to Jodhpur. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 07 Jodhpur
Breakfast at hotel. Later enjoy the sightseeing tour of Jodhpur. Visit Mehrangarh Fort. Within the fort, visit Moti-Mahal and Phool Mahal. Also visit JaswantThada, an imposing marble cenotaph, built in memory of Maharaja Jawant Singh II around 1899. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 08 Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur
Morning after breakfast, proceed to Udaipur (Approx. 290 Kms / 7 Hours). Enroute visiting famous Ranakpur Jain Temples.
Ranakpur Temple, known for its superbly carved Jain temples. The main temple is the Chaumukha or Four Faced temple, dedicated to Adinathji, dating back to the early 15th century. There are 1444 pillars in the temple, each uniquely carved. These were built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Jumbha in the 15th century. Continue drive to Udaipur, on arrival check in to the Hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 09 Udaipur
Morning after breakfast, enjoy visit to Udaipur. Udaipur city of lakes is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in all of Rajasthan. Founded by MaharanaUdai Singh ji, the city’s epicenter of tourist activities is Lake Pichola. The City Palace on the banks of the lake Pichola has several carved balconies, arches and decorated pillars, Zenana Mahal, Crystal Gallery in Fateh Prakash, Durbar Hall and Shambhu Niwas. Other sites worth visiting are Jagdish temple, Sahelion-ki-Bari (queen's resort for the friends) and Fateh Sagar Lake. Late afternoon, enjoy boat cruise at Lake Pichola.Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 10 Udaipur – Cochin(By Flight)
Breakfast at hotel. Later transfer to Udaipur Airport to board the flight for Cochin, via Mumbai. Upon arrival, meet and greet by our Representative and transfer to hotel. Evening is free for leisure.Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 11 Cochin
Breakfast at hotel. Later enjoy sightseeing of Cochin City visit to the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue - (which remains closed on Saturdays) St. Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Basilica. While driving along the coastline, at the Harbour's mouth, one can also view the unique and still-in-use "Chinese Fishing Nets" which were introduced by the Chinese traders in the 14th Century. The tour ends in the FortKochi area where you can walk through the historical Dutch and Portuguese buildings. Some parts of this nearly 500-year-old Fort are still amazingly well preserved.
Evening enjoy Kathakali Dance Show. Witness India's most spectacular Dance Drama based on stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata. The dancers are elaborately made up with paint and masks, accompanied with drummers and musicians.Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 12 Cochin – Alleppey- Houseboat (60 Kms / Approx 1.5 Hrs)
Breakfast at Hotel. Morning drive to Alleppey. On arrival, Board the Houseboat from Alleppey Jetty. Alleppey is also known as Venice of the East because of the narrow canals and backwaters. Staying in this moving palace is breathtakingly stimulating experience. While sailing down a maze of canals one sees different scenes from the villages, paddy fields, coconut palms, fisherman and local life. Enjoy Lunch&, dinner and on next day breakfast and tea snacks will be provided in the boat.Lunch, Dinner and Overnight in the houseboat.
Day 13 Houseboat – Kumarakom
After Breakfast in the houseboat, disembark at Kumarakom. Upon arrival transfer to Hotel for check in.
Later visit Kumarakom bird century. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary: Located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, the bird sanctuary is spread across 14 acres. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, an ornithologist’s paradise is a favourite haunt of migratory birds like the Siberian stork, egret, darter, heron and teal. A visit to the bird sanctuary, set within the lush acres of wooded land nearby, acquaints you to the variety of migratory birds that flock in thousands, some from the Himalayas, some even from as far as Siberia. In addition, you can get thrilled of the native kingfishers ablaze in psychedelic colours, experience a walk under rookeries of egrets and night herons or lone golden-backed woodpeckers and even delight in the acrobatics of the paradise fly-catchers.Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 14 Kumarakom – Cochin – Goa
Breakfast at hotel. Later on time drive to Cochin Airport (60 Kms / 1.5 Hrs drive). On arrival, transfer to Airport to board the flight for Goa, via Mumbai.Upon arrival in Goa,meeting and greeting by our Representative and transfer to hotel. Evening is free for leisure or can explore beach area. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 15 Goa
After breakfast enjoy sightseeing tour of Goa exploring various beaches and churches of Goa. Panaji City, Fontainhas – Old Latin Quarters of Panaji, Miramar Beach, Dona Paula, Churches of Old Goa, Mangeshi temple and Shanta durga temple. Overnight at hotel.
Day 16 Goa
After breakfast day is at leisure but can go for optional visit to Ferry Island where you can enjoy boat ride, Dolphin watching, fishing etc. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 17 Goa
After breakfast day is at leisure you can explore beaches. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 18 Goa – Dudhsagar Waterfalls – Goa
After breakfast day is at leisure or you can take excursion to Dudhsagar Waterfalls (Approx. 90 Kms / 02 ½ hrs drive - one way). Evening drive back to hotel. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 19 Goa
After breakfast day is at leisure OR you can explore beaches. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 20 Goa
After breakfast day is at leisure OR you can explore beaches. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 21 Goa – Departure
After breakfast transfer to Airport to board the flight for onward destination.
Tour & services Ends.