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Golden Triangle and Kerala Tour

 

Brief Itinerary
1 Night Delhi - 1 Night Agra - 2 Nights Ranthambore - 2 Nights Jaipur - 2 Nights Alleppey
2 Nights Periyar - 1 Night Munnar - 1 Night Houseboat - 1 Night Cochin

Tour Highlights : Qutab Minar, India Gate, Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Tiger Safari in Ranthambore, Elephant Ride in Jaipur, Kerala Backwaters, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Tea Estates of Munnar, Overnight Houseboat, Chinese fishing nets and Jewish Synagogue in Cochin..





   
Day 01 : Board your flight to Delhi.


Day 02 : Delhi
Met on arrival at Delhi Airport and transferred to Hotel.

Afternoon sightseeing in New Delhi to include Humayun`s Tomb, Bhai Temple , Qutab Minar , India gate and Government buildings . Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03 : Delhi - Agra ( 204 kms )
Morning drive to Agra ( 4 Hours ) and proceed for sightseeing . Agra is the home of the Taj Mahal and the famous Red Fort. The Moghul Emperor Shah Jehan built the extravagant Taj Mahal as a mausoleum for his most beloved wife and was imprisoned in the Red Fort overlooking the Taj by his son until death. Both buildings are truly spectacular and the Taj Mahal is now one of the wonders of the World. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04 : Agra - Bharatpur - Ranthambore
Morning drive to Bharatpur enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri. This was emperor Akbar`s capital designed and built in Red stone. The city is another architectural wonder. Afternoon visit Keoladeo / Bharatpur National Park and proceed for a 02 Hour Cycle Rickshaw Safari. Overnight at Hotel .

Day 05 : Ranthambore
Morning & Afternoon, safari in the park. Overnight at Hotel.
RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK: Once the hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the Park at Ranthambore was 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. The tigers can be spotted quite often even during the day, at their normal pursuits - hunting and taking care of their young. With the strict measures that have been taken for their conservation, they seem quite accustomed to human activity and are not disturbed by it.

A good time to visit is between October and April when the nature of the dry deciduous forests makes sightings common. Ranthambore has large numbers of sambar , chital and nilgai, Sounders of boar and an occasional gazelle - the chinkara can be seen , as also the Indian hare, mongoose and monitor lizards. The lakes and pools at the park are where the deer congregate and where it is easiest to see the animals. Among the other local fauna are the leopard, hyena, jackal, jungle cats, sloth bear and marsh crocodile. Jacanas, painted stork, black stork and white necked stork are seen along the water bodies. Peafowl are found in abundance and other birds include Bonelli`s eagle, crested serpent eagle, the great Indian horned owl, quail, partidge, spur fowl and the paradise flycatcher.

Day 06 : Ranthambore - Jaipur ( 156 kms )
Morning once again safari in the Park and later drive to Jaipur. Evening at leisure or optional dinner to Chocki Dhani , an ethnic village. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 07 : Jaipur
Morning tour of the impressive Amber Fort, situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur City. At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned Elephant for the climb to the main gate. The Fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Moghul ruling families.

Afternoon tour of the Pink City – will include City Palace, still home to the Maharaja although several of the rooms are now open to the public. Many antiques and artefacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here. Also visit the Hawa Mahal "Palace of the Winds", and the open-air Jantar Mantar Observatory to see the vast astronomical instruments. Enjoy a stroll through the colourful bazaar before returning to your hotel. Overnight at Hotel .

Day 08 : Jaipur - Cochin - Alleppey
Morning transfer to airport to fly to Cochin via Mumbai.

Met on arrival at Cochin Airport and transferred to Alleppey Backwaters. (2.5Hrs )

Day 09 : Alleppey
Relax on the backwaters of Alleppey.

Day 10: Periyar.
After breakfast you will be transferred by road to periyar through the Western Ghats,where you can witness the Rubber and Spice plantation, which includes Coffee, Cocoa, Cinnamon, Pepper, and Clove. After check-in at Hotel and after lunch proceed for
plantation tour. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 : Periyar :
Early morning embark on a boat ride for game viewing. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary has a very picturesque surrounding. The reservoir and the surrounding forest provide protection and a constant supply of water to the animals. The earliest sanctuary to be set up in 1934, it extents to 777 square Kms & forms part of the high mountain ranges, the Western Ghats. Wildlife can be seen while cruising on periyar Lake in a motorboat, amongst the animals that can be seen are Elephants, Wild Boar, Sambar, Wild dog, Languor monkeys, Wild buffalo's and occasionally Tiger, Leopard. After boating you are free for independent activities. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12 : Periyar - Munnar
After breakfast proceed by road to Munnar through the Western Ghats. After check in you are free for independent activities. Overnight at the hotel.

Munnar : Set amongst the Kannan Devan Hills lies a small hill station known as Munnar. Renowned for its lush green landscapes, lakes, reservoirs and forests, it is the idyllic setting to relax and unwind. The area also attracts the more adventure-seeking traveller with year round paragliding opportunities. Its natural beauty, tranquil atmosphere and mild climate have made Munnar very popular with both tourists and locals. The area is also famous for its tea plantations and has some of the highest tea estates in the world. The Eravikulam National Park is approximately 16km from Munnar and is situated in the tea growing region of The Western Ghats, a series of mountains stretching 1500km from Bombay to the southern tip of India. The main attraction here is the resident population of the extraordinarily tame Nilgiri tahr who often greets visitors as they enter the park. Adjoining the national park are The Rajamala Hills where tourists can enjoy stunning views and see the shrine to the goddess Kali.
Day 13 : Munnar – Houseboat. 4Hrs
Early morning, you will be transferred to House boat, Alleppey. After check-in you are free for independent activities. Overnight stay at the HouseBoat.
Houseboat : Before the trucks became popular, the main cargo transportation was through backwaters by 'Kettuvalloms'. Kettuvallom means, 'stitched boat'. These Kettuvalloms were converted to Houseboat and are designed for comfortable cruise and over night stay. The boat has one and two bath-attached rooms with modern comforts, a living cum dining room and a kitchen. Eco-friendly materials construct the boat. A cook and two-member crew would be there to attend you. The boat moves through the backwaters with village tours and at night the boat is anchored at a beautiful part of the lake.

Day 14 : Houseboat – Cochin.
After breakfast in the House boat, you will be transferred by road to Cochin. Afternoon proceed for half day tour of Cochin city that includes the St. Francis's Church, which is the oldest European church in India. The church was built in 1503. Walk to the Chinese Fishing nets. Visit the Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese in 1557 and subsequently renovated by the Dutch after 1663. The murals are perhaps the best in India. Drive to the Jewish Synagogue built in 1568 which is the oldest in the Commonwealth. Walk around Jew town to see the antique shops. After city-tour back to hotel. And again, in the evening (Option to) visit local Cultural Centre for a performance of Kathakali, Kerala's traditional dance/art form. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15 : Cochin – Mumbai – London:
Morning transport to airport to fly to Cochin via Mumbai.
 



 
Season Standard From
01 Oct 16 - 30th Apr 17 £Call
Hotels, hotel upgrades and longer durations as well as Christmas and New Year departures available at a supplement.
 
Resort Standard Deluxe Board
Delhi Sunstar Grand Hotel Ramada BB
Agra Pushp Villa Maansingh Palace BB
Ranthambore Ankur Resorts Ranthambore Regency HB
Jaipur Hawa Mahal Hotel Paradise BB
Backwaters Kondai Lip Abad Whispering Palms BB
Periyar Hotel Ambadi Elephant Court BB
Munnar Deshadan Mountain Trail Resort BB
Alleppey Houseboat Houseboat FB
Cochin Abad Fort Fort Heritage BB
Price Includes
International and Domestic flights and airport taxes
Accomodation on twin sharing as per the above mentioned hotels or similar.
Arrival/departure transfer and sightseeing as per the above program with private Air Conditioned medium car with English speaking driver
English speaking local guide for sightseeing
2 Hours Cycle Rickshaw Safari in Bharatpur National Park
Canter Safari in Ranthambore National Park.
Elephant ride at Amber Fort
Assistance at airport and hotels by our representative
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Price does not Includes
Above mentioned cost does not include any Xmas and New Year Dinners, unspecified meals , telephone call , laundry, camera fee ,tips , insurance and any other expenses of personal nature not mentioned above
Monument fees to be paid locally

Additional Information
Single and triple rooms, upgrade to hotels, tours and transfers as well as other regional airport departures are available at a supplement.
Above prices are subject to availability and may change without prior notice.
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